Health post-heart surgery, NHL playoffs, style

The most emotional and arduous moments of Henrik Lundqvist’s life took place over a 12-month span.

First, he moved on from his team of 15 years, the New York Rangers, to the Washington Capitals in September 2020. Then came the shocking news that he would need open heart surgery, ultimately forcing him to walk away from the game he loved.

All of it was captured on camera — culminating with his No. 30 jersey retirement in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden in January 2022. The film, aptly named “Open Heart,” was directed by Jonathan Hock (an ESPN “30 for 30” veteran) and will debut in June at the Tribeca Film Festival. Lundqvist said the film’s central question addresses what all athletes have to confront when they stop playing.