Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist announces he will have open heart surgery

Scott Thompson
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Henrik Lundqvist makes save against Capitals
Henrik Lundqvist makes save against Capitals

Henrik Lundqvist surprisingly announced he had to step away from hockey earlier this month, saying that a heart condition would prevent him from playing for the Washington Capitals this upcoming season. 

Now, Lundqvist just gave an update on what exactly he is doing to correct that heart issue. 

Posting to social media, the long-time Rangers goalie let everyone know that he has open heart surgery scheduled. 

"Last 3 weeks my focus has shifted from training camp and the upcoming season to my health and what I can and can't do. Scheduled for an open heart surgery now - aortic valve replacement, aortic root and ascending aortic replacement, to be more exact.

"We all have our mountains to climb. Staying positive here and set on the road to recovery."

The two-time All-Star and Vezina Trophy winner have spent the past 15 years in a Rangers sweater, and he mentioned the heart condition being something that he's been able to play through. 

Lundqvist hasn't officially retired from the game, but he isn't thinking about that right now. 

Here's to a successful surgery and a speedy recovery, Hank.