New York Rangers former star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is 6th on the career wins list, has the 12th most shutouts in National Hockey League history, and sports a career of 2.43 goals-against average, and .918 save percentage. He laughingly accepted that he wasn’t at the right place at the right time during his first NHL draft. Lundqvist has spent all his 15 NHL years with the Rangers.
On Saturday on social media, Lundqvist shared a funny story about what happened to him during the 2000 NHL Draft, 22 years to his day of selection. He said he had planned an earlier trip to Spain with his friends but decided to drop the idea and make a run for the draft in Calgary at the last minute. With some embarrassment, he noted that it was only a single team that asked for him but he clumsily went to the wrong place.
Henrik Lundqvist’s 2000 NHL Draft story
Henrik Lundqvist’s 2000 NHL Draft story came to light, as the New York Rangers shared a picture of his younger self on social media during his draft day. A former teammate of Lundqvist and now an ESPN hockey analyst Dominic Moore joked about how Lundqvist looked even younger than 18 years old back in 2000.
Lundquist later noted that even though a lot went on that day, everything worked out fine at the end of the day. However, there was a slight misstep before his drafting. According to nhl.com, Henrik Lundqvist commented, “Day and a half later and 7 rounds later I was finally home”. While his drafting story was rather interesting, the 2022 NHL Draft will begin shortly from July 7th, Thursday.