The NHL world was hit with some huge news on Friday. New York Rangers legendary goalie Henrik Lundqvist has announced his retirement after 15 years in the NHL. Lundqvist had a lengthy message on Twitter to announce his decision to walk away from the game of hockey.

Lundqvist spent 15 years with the Rangers before signing a deal with the Washington Capitals after being bought out from the Rangers last September. Unfortunately, Lundqvist had to miss the entire year after it was revealed that he had an inflamed heart and needed to undergo open-heart surgery.

He was one of the best in the NHL for nearly two decades and leaves with a record of 459-310-96 in 887 appearances.

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While the situations that have unfolded in the past year aren’t exactly what Lundqvist envisioned, he is definitely full of gratitude for being able to play the game for such a long time and become a Rangers legend. According to Thomas Williams of Yahoo Sports, Lundqvist acknowledged how grateful he is.

“It’s all still fresh. I decided only a few days ago. But I am at peace. I look back at my career, and all I have is gratitude and pride. I am just so grateful.”

Just a wonderful career for a terrific person and Lundqvist should have no problem ending up in the Hall of Fame and having his Rangers jersey hang there forever.