New York Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist back on the ice

Frank Curto
New York Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist
Dec 10, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) defends the goal against the Los Angeles Kings in the second period at Staples Center. The Kings defeated the Rangers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers‘ face of the franchise Henrik Lundqvist gave fans a welcomed sight practicing with his old squad, the Frolunda Indians.

The Frolunda Indians’ official account posted pictures of the King practicing on the ice with his old team.  The tweet translated in the post read “Guest Games by @HLundqvist30 on today’s ice training! Always just as nice.

Hank was dressed in his familiar Rangers gear, wearing his New York logo Winter Classic jersey with his lady Liberty glove, blocker, and pads. The four pictures showed Lundqvist taking breakaway shots, talking with a coach, and a classic pose from behind while he was taking a break from the action.

The 15- year veteran played with Frolunda before he was drafted by the Blueshirts in the 2000 NHL Draft (205th overall). During his time in Sweden, he won the Honken Trophy, awarded to the Swedish goalie of the year, in three consecutive seasons (2003, 2004, 2005). In 2005 he also won two of the most prestigious awards in Swedish ice hockey, the Golden Puck and the Golden Helmet.

Henrik has had a difficult season this year as his playing time decreased significantly with the emergence of rookie goaltender Igor Shesterkin. Along with goalie Alexandar Georgiev, the team found themselves in a three goalie rotation that saw Henrik only start in seven games since the beginning of January.

For the season Henrik has compiled a record of 10-12-3 in his 26 starts.

With a start to the NHL still in question, it was a welcomed opportunity to see one of the all-time great Rangers and future Hall of Famer once again playing hockey.