One of the all-time great players at the position in National Hockey League history, former New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has made the decision to officially call it a career after 15 seasons.
"For the last 30 years, I have devoted my life to the game of hockey ... and now it's time to walk away from the game I love and begin a new chapter," Lundqvist wrote in a statement on Twitter on Friday. "The future excites me. I've met so many amazing people over the years that will help to guide and inspire me in my new journey."
The five-time All-Star and 2012 Vezina Trophy winner was unable to play during last season after being required to undergo open heart surgery.
Let's take a look back at when the man himself penned a letter to his younger self in The Player's Tribune:
Dear eight-year-old Henrik,
Tomorrow, the direction of your life is going to change.
For the past two years, you have loved to ice skate. First, you skated on the little sand pit that your Kindergarten teachers froze over in the winter. Then, once you got really brave, you skated on the frozen ponds of Åre, the tiny skiing village where you live. Well, it’s not tiny to you now, but just wait, because life is going to take you to some very interesting places, and that journey starts tomorrow.
Your life will take you to many interesting places, and many big stages. But it doesn’t matter if you’re stepping out onto the frozen lake in Åre to battle with Joel, or stepping out onto the ice at Madison Square Garden in front of 18,000 people. It’s all the same game.
It’s just ice. It’s just a puck. Stopping it is fun.
So tap both your posts, square up to the net, come out to the top of your crease, then start gliding back into the net, just like Pekka Lindmark.
And if you happen to stumble and fall back on your ass, don’t worry about it. Just make sure you get back up.
The full letter can be read here.