– Henrik Lundqvist played a starring role at Madison Square Garden for 15 seasons. The New York Rangers legend fed off the energy inside the world’s most famous arena — and in a city where many athletes have wilted under the same spotlight’s intense glow. It also led the Swedish player into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Lundqvist headlined a goaltender-heavy 2023 class inducted Monday that also featured Mike Vernon and Tom Barrasso — the first time three netminders have entered together in more than 60 years.

Also enshrined in the player category were Pierre Turgeon and Caroline Ouellete, while former NHL head coach Ken Hitchcock and the late Pierre Lacroix, who was both an agent and executive, went in as builders.