3:47PM: The Rangers released a statement on twitter saying “we have no doubt that Henrik Lundqvist will face this challenge with the same fierce determination and grace that made him one of the greatest goaltenders to ever play the game of hockey, and an inspiration to all of us. He and his family are in our thoughts during this difficult time. He will always be part of the New York Rangers family.”
1:03PM: Henrik Lundqvist has announced on social media that he will not be joining the Capitals this season due to a heart condition.
He said in his statement, “After many weeks of tests and conversations with specialists around the country, it’s been determined that a heart condition will prevent me from taking the ice. Together, we have decided that the risk of playing before remedying my condition is too high, so I will spend the coming months figuring out the best course of action.”
A message from Henrik: pic.twitter.com/JJDe2lKAXz
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 17, 2020
Lundqvist said, “I want to thank the entire Capitals organization for not only giving me this opportunity but also for their support throughout this challenging time. I will take the next few weeks to be with my family and I’ll be back to share the next steps.”
Adam Rotter: This is crushing for Lundqvist. He took being the back up last year in stride, was bought out by the only team he ever wanted to play for, joined a Stanley Cup contender and now can’t play. Lundqvist is a competitor and having the game be taken away, albeit for his own health and safety, rather than deciding on his own not to play is extremely tough to see. His health is more important than anything, and medically he may never be cleared to play again, but he turns 39 in March and his chances at a Stanley Cup as a player are probably over.