Puck, Puck, Shoot!
Roberto Luongo is known for lightning fast reflexes, being ultra-focused while in the game, and his great stature and poise, which helps him as his role as goaltender. He held the title of the highest drafted goaltender in NHL history in the 1997 NHL Draft when he was selected No. 4 by the New York Islanders. His name only continued to gain notice and acclaim as the years went on after that. Luongo has been through three teams, starting with The Islanders. After being traded to the Panthers by the Islanders, he spent six very strong years with the team. He became an All Star during his time in Florida and managed to hold a 90% save percentage almost every single season.
In 2006, he transferred to the Vancouver Canucks where his fire streak continued. Throughout his seven-plus seasons, he won 252 of 367 games. He held a 2.36 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. A proud Luongo also brought home a William M. Jennings trophy while with the team. The trophy is awarded to goaltenders who block the most goals from being made in a season. He then continued to aid the Canada team by helping them secure one World Cup, two World Championships, and two Olympic Gold Medals. Eventually though, he made it back down South to become a part of the Florida Panthers again, ready to set more records and surpass more goals. Although he faced some injuries and rough lows during his career, he has proved resilient, as he came back stronger each time.
BORN: 1979 | CANADA | HEIGHT: 6’ 3” | WEIGHT: 217 LBS. | CATCHES: LEFT | TEAM: FL PANTHERS | POSITION: GOALTENDER