Rangers hire Henrik Lundqvist to new business operations role

Henrik Lundqvist will always be synonymous with the New York Rangers.

The ties between ‘King Henrik’ and the franchise grew even stronger on Thursday, with MSG Sports and MSG Entertainment announcing a new business operations role for the legendary goalkeeper.

Lundqvist is set to represent the two organizations in “a variety of partnership and sponsorship efforts, assisting in the development of content for digital platforms at both companies, developing and strengthening the connection with alumni Rangers, as well as supporting the Garden of Dreams Foundation,” according to a Rangers statement.

The team announced that he would also be reprising his role as senior studio analyst on MSG Network throughout the 2022-23 season.

Lundqvist’s new role will feature some elements of what another legendary Ranger, Rod Gilbert, did for the organization until his death last year. Along with providing MSG Network studio analysis for Ranger games alongside his former replacement, Steve Valiquette, Lundqvist will essentially be the chief ambassador for Rangers and Madison Square Garden.

He will also likely do some fill-in national television work in the TNT studio, keeping his profile high just a few years away from acting.

“In the year since I announced my retirement, I have had the opportunity to explore many different areas of the sports and entertainment industry and I look forward to continuing on this path. “Lundqvist said in the statement. “At the same time, I am a Ranger at heart and Madison Square Garden is my home. I am thrilled to continue my relationship with MSG and Rangers in this exciting and expanded role.

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The five-time Vézina finalist, who had his number 30 retired in January, holds franchise records for career wins (459), shutouts (64) and appearances (887) by a Rangers goaltender in 15 seasons with New York.

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