Lundqvist jokes about showing up at wrong place ahead of 2000 NHL Draft

Rangers legendary goalie says he had only one meeting, messed it up.

Henrik Lundqvist has the sixth-most wins list in NHL history, the sixth-most career victories, a 2.43 lifetime goals-against average, and .918 career save percentage. Imagine if he had been present on draft day at the correct time.

On Saturday, 22 years after his selection, Lundqvist, who spent all 15 of his NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, posted a humorous account of what transpired at the 2000 NHL Draft.

The Swedish-born goaltender claimed he had buddies over for a trip to Spain but decided to attend the draft in Calgary instead. He stated with considerable shame that only one team requested a meeting with him and that he went to the wrong location.

After the Rangers posted a photo of a very young Lundqvist on the day of the selection, the narrative spread. In 2000, Lundqvist was made fun of for seeming even younger than his actual age of 18 by former teammate and current ESPN hockey commentator Dominic Moore.

But, as Lundqvist wrote even with the misstep, it all worked out in the end. "Day and a half later and 7 rounds later I was finally home," he wrote. The 2022 NHL Draft begins Thursday July 7.

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