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The New York Rangers announced Monday that they will retire goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s number 30 at Madison Square Garden on January 28 in a game against the Minnesota Wild.
The pre-game ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, an hour and a half before the puck handover scheduled for 8 p.m.
“In the history of the franchise, only 11 Rangers players have earned the honor of having their numbers high up to the rafters of the Garden, where they forever serve as inspiration to others,” said the Ranger owner James Dolan. “For 15 seasons, Henrik Lundqvist embodied everything the Rangers organization stands for: excellence, commitment, pride and leadership. It is normal that his n ° 30 now joins the legends that came before him.
Lundqvist is arguably the greatest goaltender in franchise history, winning the 2012 Vezina Trophy, appearing in 887 games while posting a 459-310-96 record, a 2.43 goals-against average, save percentage of .918 and 64 shutouts.
He holds over 50 team records, including wins, goalie appearances, shutouts, save percentage (min. 75 appearances), playoff appearances, playoff wins (61), playoff shutouts (10) and playoff save percentage (min. 10 appearances)). This included a trip to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, where the Rangers lost to the Los Angeles Kings.
Lundqvist also ranks sixth all-time in NHL history with those 459 wins, eighth on the NHL all-time list and 17th on the all-time shutout list.
“It was an honor to play with Henrik for four seasons and to see his career evolve as I grew in the organization,” said Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury. “To have his number 30 etched forever in history is so deserved for a man who has done so much for New York City, on and off the ice. It will be a special moment for the whole organization.
He will join an elite Ranger roster with Rod Gilbert (7), Ed Giacomin (1), Mike Richter (35), Mark Messier (11), Brian Leetch (2), Adam Graves (9), Andy Bathgate (9) ), Harry Howell (3), Jean Ratelle (19) and Vic Hadfield (11) as the only players whose jersey numbers have been withdrawn by the team.