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Henrik Lundqvist returns to ice after surgery

Field Level Media
24 Feb 2021, 07:19 GMT+10

Veteran NHL goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is back on the ice, less than two months after heart surgery.

Lundqvist, soon to turn 39 on March 2, posted a video to social media on Tuesday that showed him in full uniform blocking shots on goal.

"The best kind of workday," he added as a caption.

The longtime New York Rangers goaltender and 2012 Vezina Trophy recipient announced on Dec. 17 that he would miss his first season with the Washington Capitals because of an issue with his heart.

Lundqvist signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with the Capitals on Oct. 9.

Lundqvist and the Rangers parted ways after 15 years on Sept. 30 when the team bought out the final season of his seven-year, $59.5 million contract.

He left the Rangers with his name all over top-10 lists in NHL history. He's sixth in wins (459), seventh in saves (23,509), eighth in games by a goalie (887) and ninth in time on ice (51,818 minutes). He also ranks 16th in shutouts with 64.

The Rangers selected the Sweden native in the seventh round of the 2000 NHL Draft, and he took over in goal for the Rangers in the 2005-06 season.

--Field Level Media

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