Washington Capitals goalie Henrik Lundqvist announced Thursday that he will not play the 2020-21 season due to a heart problem.
Acquired through the free agent market this fall, the 38-year-old Swede said he had undergone various exams and had to face the facts. Also, the rest of his professional hockey career remains uncertain to say the least. The former New York Rangers may well have played his last game in the National League.
“It literally breaks my heart to share this news: I will not be joining the Capitals for the upcoming campaign. After several weeks of tests and discussions with specialists in the country, it was discovered that I had a heart problem that will prevent me from showing up on the rink, he wrote on his Twitter account. We have determined together that the risk of gambling without correcting the situation is too high. I will devote the next few months to finding the best solution to take. “