New York Rangers announce Henrik Lundqvist jersey retirement on Jan. 28; ticket prices soaring

The New York Rangers will raise former goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s No. 30 to the rafters at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 28.

The team announced Monday that his jersey number will be retired ahead of the Rangers’ game against the Minnesota Wild.

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Lundqvist looking forward to the festivities

“It was an honor to play with Henrik for four seasons and watch his career evolve as I’ve moved through the organization,” President and General Manager Chris Drury said. “Having his No. 30 etched in history forever is so well-deserved for a man who has done so much for the city of New York, on and off the ice. It will be a special moment for the entire organization.” 

Lundqvist, 39, announced his retirement last month. He sat out last season after undergoing open-heart surgery in January 2020.

“Can’t tell you enough how much I look forward to be back in the place that has meant so much to me in my life,” Lundqvist posted on Twitter.

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Jan 2, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) stands during the national anthem prior to a game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

He finished his NHL career with a record of 459-310-96 and 64 shutouts, a 2.43 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 15 seasons with the New York Rangers. He guided the Rangers to an appearance in the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

Lundqvist ranks sixth in NHL history in wins, seventh in saves (23,509), eighth in games played (887) and 17th in shutouts. He won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender in 2011-12.

Internationally, Lundqvist helped Sweden win the gold medal at the 2006 Torino Olympics and a silver medal at the 2014 Sochi Games.

Ticket prices climbing

Since the announcement, ticket prices for that game have jumped up exponentially. According to TickPick, prices have increased by 219%. They continue to climb.

This will undoubtedly be the hottest sports ticket in town, and seats are still available. There have been some reports that tickets are now going in the thousands.

Good Luck Rangers fans..

–Field Level Media