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‘King’ Henrik Lundqvist to Undergo Heart Surgery

Earlier today, Henrik Lundqvist announced that he will require open heart surgery.

A recently discovered heart condition took a concerning turn for Henrik Lundqvist. Two weeks after announcing he was unable to participate in the 2020-21 NHL season, he subsequently announced that he will require open heart surgery. More specifically, the famous Swede will undergo an aortic valve replacement. Not only does this put his future with the Washington Capitals in jeopardy, but also his NHL career.

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Now 38, Lundqvist was nearing the end of his career anyway, but that does not make this news any easier. After all, if you are a hockey enthusiast then how could you not be a fan of Lundqvist? Even if you are from Nassau County and a fan of the New York Islanders – the New York Rangers historical rival.

The fact is, Lundvist has and always will be remembered by a distinct level of class. Most people that are given the moniker ‘King’ often let that influence them in an overtly egotistical way. In King Henrik’s case however, he never seemed to ever let his title influence how he treated others – inside and outside the organization.

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This is why there has been such an outpouring of support from current players, former teammates, NHL executives, and even the media! Yes, Lundqvist had a great career amassing a career 2.43 goals against average along with a .918 save percentage over 887 NHL games – all with the New York Rangers. For much of his career, he was considered one of the best backstops on the planet and was awarded the Vezina trophy as the league’s best goaltender in 2012.

Not bad for a 7th round, 205th overall selection.

Henrik Lundqvist Goodbye
Henrik Lundqvist Goodbye

Personally, I always had the impression that he would someday make a great NHL executive. No matter what his future in the game of hockey might be, he was an amazing global ambassador of the game. As such, we here at NHL Trade Talk want to wish ‘King’ Lundqvist a speedy and full recovery. Here is to hoping that we will see him back in some capacity after he has fully recovered!

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