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Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Nickname(s) Bobby Lou, Louie, Lu, Bolo.
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
206 lb (94 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Vancouver Canucks
Florida Panthers
New York Islanders
Nationality CAN
Born April 4 1979 (1979-04-04) (age 30),
Montreal, PQ, CAN
NHL Draft 4th overall, 1997
New York Islanders
Pro Career 1998 – present


Roberto Luongo (born April 4 1979, in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender with the Vancouver Canucks.

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Playing career

QMJHL

Luongo began his major junior hockey career at the age of 15. He joined the Canadian Hockey League's Val-d'Or Foreurs for the 1994-95 QMJHL season, and the next year, he notched 31 wins, a club record. The year after that spectacular season, Luongo backstopped the Foreurs to the Memorial Cup finals and established a league regular-season single-season record with 8 shutouts. After he was traded through 1998-99, he again pursued the Memorial Cup, but midway through that season the NHL intervened.

New York Islanders

Luongo was drafted in the first round, 4th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Although the Isles returned 18-year-old Luongo to the QMJHL, they had every intention of getting him dressed for a 1998-99 NHL game. Contractual problems changed the plan.

Although Luongo finally signed a contract, he was "bitterly dismayed" upon his arrival with the American Hockey League's Lowell Lock Monsters, New York's minor league team in Lowell Massachusetts, even though he expected to play in the NHL. "When I got here I said to myself, "Just work hard and get some experience. Just try to get better every day, Luongo." He did not make his NHL debut until November 28, 1999, when he stopped 43 pucks during a 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins.

He had a 3.25 Goals-Against Average and .904 save percentage over 24 games as an Islander.

Florida Panthers

Atlanta Thrashers forward Peter Bondra scores on Luongo.

Islanders General Manager Mike Milbury suddenly traded him to the Florida Panthers on June 24, 2000, along with Olli Jokinen for forwards Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha.

Luongo played 47 games as a Panther in 2000-01 and posted a .920 save percentage. Part way through another disappointing season in 2001, the Panthers hired new coach "Iron Mike" Keenan. His reputation preceding him, Keenan arrived already well known for frequently and unexpectedly pulling his goaltenders — once even making four goalie changes in one period. His arrival however, did not appear to phase a stoic Luongo."It isn't that big a deal," Luongo said, "he does it so much that we expect it. When you're sitting on the bench and you're an NHL goaltender and Mike Keenan is your coach you have to be ready, just in case."

In 2002-03, Luongo faced over 2,000 shots while maintaining a .918 save percentage. The following year 2003-04 he placed second in voting for the Vezina Trophy after facing the most shots in a single season by an NHL goaltender (2,475). Despite seeing unprecedented amounts of rubber Luongo posted a 2.43 GAA and a .931 save percentage, which was first among goalies with 50-plus starts (Luongo had 72). Not surprisingly, Luongo also set an NHL record for most saves in a single season with 2,303 while picking up 7 shutouts, good enough for fifth in the league. Ultimately, Luongo lost out to fellow Montrealer Martin Brodeur for the league's top goalie. Still, Keenan found cause for criticism, "he's played a lot of goal, he's had a good save percentage, he's had to stop a lot of shots," admitted Keenan, "but Roberto has to learn how to really win as does the rest of the team."

Vancouver Canucks

Luongo warming up before a game in 2007

Luongo was due to re-sign in Florida for the 2006-2007 season but things did not work out that way as Mike Keenan, the now former Florida GM, traded Luongo, defenceman Lukáš Krajíček, and a sixth round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for forward Todd Bertuzzi, defenceman Bryan Allen and goaltender Alex Auld, in the summer. Vancouver managed to sign Luongo to a 4 year, $27 million deal.

Due to his solid play with the Vancouver Canucks in the 2006-2007 regular season, Luongo made the NHL All-Star team as the Western Conference's starter as voted on by the fans. Luongo was named best goaltender of the all star skills competition in Dallas. It was his second All-Star appearance, and first as a starter. He led the Canucks to their first playoff appearance since the 2003-2004 campaign, and the first post-season of his own career; they were then eliminated in the second round by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Anaheim Ducks. On March 9, 2007, he broke McLean's club record of 38 wins by recording a 2-1 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks, and on March 15, 2007 became only the 20th goaltender in NHL history to post 40 or more wins in a single season after a 3-2 overtime win over the St. Louis Blues. With a 4-3 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks on April 7, he tied Bernie Parent's previous NHL record of 47 wins in one season, which is currently held by Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils, who had 48 wins that season. Shortly after the end of the season Luongo was nominated for 3 major NHL awards, the Vezina, Pearson and Hart.

On November 29, 2007, Luongo made 26 saves in a 2-0 game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. This was his third consecutive shutout (a grand total of 195:34 without being scored on), breaking the previous Canucks record for the longest shutout streak[1].

2006-07 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Luongo's playoff debut saw him make 72 saves en route to a 5-4 quadruple overtime win over the Dallas Stars. He was one save shy of tying the all-time record for most saves in a playoff game, which is currently held by Ron Tugnutt and Kelly Hrudey (73). Luongo and the Canucks defeated the Stars after Dallas came back from the 3-1 deficit to tie the series forcing a game 7. Luongo then bravely kept the Canucks in their next series against the eventual Stanley Cup winners, the Anaheim Ducks, but even with Luongo's brilliance the Canucks fell 3-1 in the series with game 5 heading back to California. In Game 5, Luongo stopped 60 of 62 shots in a brilliant performance that went into double overtime. Luongo and the Canucks forced the game to OT with some late game heroics by Alex Burrows, but Luongo missed the first three minutes of the first overtime, forcing back-up Dany Sabourin into the game. At the time it was speculated that the reason Luongo did not play the opening minutes of OT was because of an equipment malfunction. However after the series had ended, it was revealed that Luongo had an untimely case of diarrhea.[1]

Awards & Achievements

  • 2006-2007 - Named to the NHL First All-Star Team
  • 2006-2007 - Canucks Most Exciting Player Award[2]
  • 2006-2007 - Cyclone Taylor Award (Canucks MVP)[2]
  • 2006-2007 - Mark Messier Leadership Award
  • 2006-2007 - The Molson Cup (Most Molson Cup Selections)[2]
  • 2006-2007 - Played in the NHL All-Star Game (Western conference starting goaltender)
  • 2003-2004 - Named to the NHL Second All-Star Team
  • 2003-2004 - Played in the NHL All-Star Game
  • 2001-2002 - Played in the NHL YoungStars Game

Movements

Career statistics

Regular season

   
Season Team League GP W L T OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1995-96 Val d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 23 6 11 4 - 1201 74 0 1.31 .878
1996-97 Val d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 60 32 21 2 - 3302 171 2 1.32 .948
1997-98 Val d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 54 33 19 0 - 3043 157 7 2.67 .948
1998-99 Val d'Or Foreurs QMJHL 21 6 10 2 - 1476 77 1 3.92 .902
1998-99 Acadie-Bathurst Titan QMJHL 22 14 7 1 - 1342 74 0 1.32 .914
1999-00 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 26 10 12 4 - 1517 74 1 2.34 .908
1999-00 New York Islanders NHL 24 7 14 1 - 1292 70 1 1.34 .904
2000-01 Louisville Panthers AHL 3 1 2 0 - 178 10 0 2.56 .917
2000-01 Florida Panthers NHL 47 12 24 7 - 2628 107 5 2.21 .920
2001-02 Florida Panthers NHL 58 16 33 4 - 3030 140 4 2.67 .915
2002-03 Florida Panthers NHL 65 20 34 7 - 3627 164 6 2.34 .918
2003-04 Florida Panthers NHL 73 25 33 14 - 4252 172 7 2.21 .931
2005-06 Florida Panthers NHL 75 35 30 - 9 4305 213 8 2.97 .914
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 76 47 22 - 6 4490 171 5 2.29 .921
NHL Totals 417 162 190 33 15 23624 1037 32 2.63 .919
QMJHL Totals 180 85 70 9 - 8892 554 10 3.30 -

Playoffs

   
Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SA SV%
1995-96 Val d'Or QMJHL 3 0 1 68 5 0 4.41 - -
1996-97 Val d'Or QMJHL 13 8 5 777 44 0 3.39 - -
1997-98 Val d'Or QMJHL 17 14 3 1019 37 2 2.17 - -
1998-99 Acadie-Bathurst QMJHL 23 16 6 1400 64 0 2.74 - -
1999-00 Lowell AHL 6 3 3 359 18 0 3.00 222 .919
2006-07 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 5 7 847 25 0 1.77 427 .941
NHL Totals 12 5 7 847 25 0 1.77 427 .941
QMJHL Totals 56 38 15 3264 150 2 2.75 - -

International play

Luongo is a regular in the lineup for the Canadian national team, usually playing a backup role to Martin Brodeur. He has played in four World Championships, winning two golds and a silver, was on the Canadian team which won the 2004 World Cup of Hockey, and was selected for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

   
Year Team Event GP W L T SO GAA
1998 Canada World Junior Championships 3 0 0 0 0 2.89
1999 Canada World Junior Championships 7 4 2 1 0 1.93
2001 Canada World Championships 2 1 0 0 0 1.44
2003 Canada World Championships 4 3 0 1 1 1.98
2004 Canada World Championships 7 5 1 1 1 2.32
2004 Canada World Cup 1 1 0 0 0 2.82
2005 Canada World Championships 2 1 0 1 1 1.50
2006 Canada Winter Olympics 2 1 1 0 0 1.51
Junior International Career Total 10 4 2 1 0 2.22
Senior International Career Total 18 12 2 3 3 1.99

External links

  • Roberto Luongo's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Roberto Luongo at TSN.ca
  • Photos of various goalie masks Luongo has worn
New York Islanders first-round draft picks
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