New York Rangers goodbye to goalkeeper legend Henrik Lundqvist – hailed by Zuccarello – VG


GOOD FRIENDS: Henrik Lundqvist (left) and Mats Zuccarello formed a special bond when they played together in the New York Rangers. Here from a match in 2017. Photo: AP

New York Rangers Swedish goalkeeper champion Henrik Lundqvist (38) has finished at the club. Former teammate Mats Zuccarello (33) thinks it’s sad.

– He is a legend in the club and will be missed by all fans and people with an interest in ice hockey. He is Rangers really, so it will be strange to see him in another team, or whatever he chooses to do next, says Mats Zuccarello to VG.

Mats Zuccarello, who now plays for Minnesota Wild, was a teammate with Henrik Lundqvist for nine seasons – until the Norwegian disappeared from the club last winter.

It’s really for the same reason the two have had to leave the New York club. Rangers have, after many strong sporting years, had to find themselves forced to focus on younger players.

Now the big city team breaks with Henrik Lundqvist, who had one year left on his contract.

TOGETHER AT ULLEVAAL: In the summer of 2018, they filled Ullevaal Stadium with spectators who saw many NHL stars in a charity match on the outdoor field that was placed on the football arena on the occasion of the event. Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten / NTB

– Hosted Mr. Rangers

“Thanks for everything! Fifteen years ago, I played my first game for the New York Rangers. I came here with great hopes and big dreams but I could never in my wildest imagination have imagined the fantastic journey that lay ahead of us “, writes Henrik Lundqvist himself, on Twitter.

– He has been Mr. Rangers for the last 15 years, and will be hailed by everyone who supports the club, Zuccarello continues.

The two became very good friends during their time in Manhattan. In addition to the big game they delivered together on the ice, they have arranged charity matches on Norwegian soil. Lundqvist was very moved when he realized that Zuccarello had finished at the club last year:

Rangers fans in mourning

Zuccarello is right that Lundqvist is missed by the club’s supporters. The review melody on the club’s social media accounts after the news became known on Monday afternoon, leaves an impression of great sadness that the goalkeeper with 887 basic series and 130 playoff games in the Rangers kit will no longer be seen in royal blue in Madison Square Garden.

“Being able to represent this organization has been my share of the greatest source of pride and joy in my life. I am grateful for the opportunity, for all the new friendships and for all the wonderful memories I have created in red, white and blue. I car forever celebrate my time as a Ranger “, Lundqvist continues in his Twitter post.

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The Swedish goalkeeper received the award as the NHL’s best goalkeeper in 2012, and was a very important piece when the club reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2014. He has one Olympic gold and one World Cup gold for Sweden.

The future for Lundqvist is still uncertain, but the parent club Frölunda, has been pointed out as a possible stop before the end of his career. However, the club’s captain and Henrik’s brother, Joel Lundqvist, chose to deny this week.

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