Washington Capitals goalie Henrik Lundqvist was back on the ice just two months removed from underdoing successful open heart surgery.
The goaltender posted video Tuesday in full gear, taking shots on the ice at a private rink in New Jersey.
“Day 47. Back to the rink,” Lundqvist said in one of the videos posted to Instagram. “Love it. Let’s do it.”
King Henrik is in the early stages of recovery, of course, and there’s certainly no indication that he’s aiming at a return to hockey this season. He signed a one-year contract with the Capitals in October after the New York Rangers bought out the final year of his contract.
Lundqvist anticipated getting on the ice in training camp for Washington, but on December 17 he announced a heart condition would keep him out of action this season.
By December 28, he announced he would have open heart surgery for “aortic valve replacement, aortic root and ascending aortic replacement.” The surgery took place January 5.
Since then, Lundqvist has reported on his recovery on social media and has been working out. He’s been running and improving his conditioning.
And now, he’s skating again.
“He’s not the kind of guy who is going to sit on his hands,” said Rangers forward Chris Kreider. “He’s got to recover actively. He’s a guy who always needs to move. Yeah, that’s some of the best news I’ve heard in a long time and we’re thrilled for him. Hopefully, he’s got a lot of hockey left in him and hopefully he just keeps on progressing, leaves this in his rearview mirror.”
The 38-year-old was drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He’s still never skated for another NHL team, posting a career record of 459-310-96 to date with a .918 save percentage and a 2.43 goals against average.
Last season was his worst statistical season to date, with a 3.16 goals against average and a .905 save percentage in 30 games.
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