Day 3. Surgery went really well. About 5 hours to get it all taken care of. Really appreciate the great staff here at the Clevland Clinic. Last few days has been pretty crazy but feel like I’m in really good hands. Every day is a step in the right direction
— Henrik Lundqvist (@hlundqvist35) January 8, 2021
Henrik Lundqvist has announced that he is scheduled to undergo open heart surgery. (Instagram)
He said, more specifically, that it is an “aortic valve replacement, aortic root and ascending aortic replacement.”
Lundqvist announced recently that he was unable to play this season due to a heart condition.
Capitals GM Brian McLellan said recently that Lundqvist has “had a heart issue all along that he’s managed that’s been fine” and that “a routine physical turned into a ‘we need to explore further what’s going on with you.” (Russian Machine Never Breaks, NY Post)
McLellan said “we started further exploring where he’s at physically, his risk level is not acceptable for him to continue to play. It’s unfortunate.” (Russian Machine Never Breaks)