The National Hockey League announced today that Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has been selected to participate in the 2019 NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 26 in San Jose.
Lundqvist has been selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game for the fifth time in his career, and he has been chosen to play in five of 10 NHL All-Star Games the league has held since his rookie season in 2005-06. In addition to being selected to play in this year's All-Star Game, Lundqvist played in three consecutive NHL All-Star Games in 2009, 2011, and 2012, and he also played in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. Lundqvist's five selections to the NHL All-Star Game are the second-most among Rangers goaltenders in franchise history (Ed Giacomin - six).
The 6-1, 180-pounder has appeared in 29 games this season, posting a 12-9-7 record, along with a 2.81 GAA and a .916 SV%. Lundqvist has been selected as one of the game's Three Stars in 13 of his 29 appearances thus far in 2018-19. He is tied for fourth in the NHL in saves this season (891), and he has made at least 30 saves in 18 of his 29 appearances. Lundqvist is tied for second among NHL goaltenders in games with 30 or more saves this season, and he also ranks third among NHL goaltenders in games with a .900 SV% or better in 2018-19 (22). Among goaltenders in the Metropolitan Division, Lundqvist ranks first in saves, is tied for first in appearances, and is tied for third in wins in 2018-19.
Lundqvist has accomplished several feats and has reached several milestones this season. He earned his 438th career NHL win on Nov. 17 vs. Florida, passing Hall of Famer Jacques Plante for sole possession of seventh place on the NHL's all-time wins list. Thus far this season, Lundqvist has also passed Hall of Famer Grant Fuhr for sole possession of 10th place on the NHL's all-time saves list, and he earned his 500th career win (regular season and playoffs combined) as a Ranger. Lundqvist enters tonight's game two wins away from tying Hall of Famer Terry Sawchuk for sixth place on the NHL's all-time wins list (445).
The Are, Sweden native has appeared in 834 career NHL games over 14 seasons, all with the Rangers, posting a 443-284-90 record, along with a 2.38 GAA, a .919 SV%, and 63 shutouts. Lundqvist is the Rangers' all-time leader in several categories, including appearances by a goaltender, wins, shutouts, and saves. He is the NHL's all-time leader in wins by a goaltender who was born outside of North America, and he reached the 400-win plateau in fewer appearances than any other goaltender in NHL history (727 appearances). Lundqvist is the only goaltender in NHL history who has earned 20 or more wins in 13 consecutive seasons, and he is one of only three goaltenders in NHL history who have earned 30 or more wins in 11 different seasons (along with Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy). He is a five-time finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender (2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2011-12, and 2012-13), and he won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12. Lundqvist, who was also a finalist for the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player in 2011-12, was selected to the NHL's First All-Star Team in 2011-12, the NHL's Second All-Star Team in 2012-13, and the NHL's All-Rookie Team in 2005-06.