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Lundqvist to wear Richter-inspired mask when Rangers honor 1994 champions

Goalie will bring back Statue of Liberty helmet in special tribute

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Even The King is not above bowing to one of his predecessors.

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will wear a special mask Friday inspired by Mike Richter's famous Statue of Liberty bucket from 1993-94, the season the Rangers last won the Stanley Cup. Lundqvist and the Rangers will host the Carolina Hurricanes at Madison Square Garden (8 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, MSG, FS-CR, NHL.TV) following a 25th anniversary ceremony honoring the 1994 champions.

Lundqvist's helmet is a near exact replica of Richter's, with Lady Liberty on top and the Rangers' name across the left side.

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But on the right side, Lundqvist's mask features a close-up of Richter's face, a likeness of him in the crease, Richter's No. 35 in transparent blue and "1994" in red block jersey-style numbers.

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"This mask from '94 is very iconic," Lundqvist said Thursday. "It feels good to [pay] tribute, not only [to] him but the team. As a goalie I have a lot of respect for what he did for this organization.

"I look forward to seeing them at the Garden [Friday]."

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