NHL players share their appreciation of Henrik Lundqvist

You can't say that The King doesn't have the respect of his peers.


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. However, his impression on his fellow NHL peers remained as strong as ever.

Take a look at a sampling of what others in the League had to say about Lundqvist, a player who earned near universal respect. 

The Rangers announced that it will retire Lundqvist's No. 30, with a ceremony set during the 2021-22 season.