Rangers’ goalie Henrik Lundqvist recently wrote an incredibly powerful letter to his eight-year-old self, published today by The Player’s Tribune.

It begins, “Dear eight-year-old Henrik,

Tomorrow, the direction of your life is going to change.

For the past two years, you have loved to ice skate. First, you skated on the little sand pit that your Kindergarten teachers froze over in the winter. Then, once you got really brave, you skated on the frozen ponds of Åre, the tiny skiing village where you live. Well, it’s not tiny to you now, but just wait, because life is going to take you to some very interesting places, and that journey starts tomorrow.

Tomorrow, you’ll get to play organized hockey for the first time at a real rink. You and your twin brother, Joel, won’t be able to contain your excitement. Your poor mom … settle down, please.”

To read the full letter, click here.