Panthers' Roberto Luongo announces retirement in letter

Ross Houston
June 27, 2019

The first was in his usual self-deprecating comic fashion, saying he "decided to take my talents to a South Beach retirement home".

For Luongo, his time in Vancouver was as special for him as it was for the fans.

"It's not that I don't love playing hockey anymore, but I had to listen to my body", he wrote. It factual feels love the true time for me to step some distance from the sport. "Seeing them cry when I told them about it because they loved coming to the games and watching me play so much, it really broke my heart".

Luongo by no arrangement hoisted the Stanley Cup, though his legacy is stable regardless. He is also second in losses with 391, but that can be expected for someone who has played as many games as Luongo. Among the many seven goaltenders to seem in no now not up to 900 games, Luongo's.919 place percentage is the ideal.

For the past several years, he has insisted publicly and privately that he wanted to play for as long as he was physically able; even this past season he said he believed he would carry on.

The Montreal native never captured the Stanley Cup, but was a five-time All-Star and had tremendous success on the global stage. He won Olympic gold twice, in 2010 and 2014, and golds at the world championship (2003, 2004) and the World Cup of Hockey (2004).

The Panthers possess been prepared for the likelihood that Luongo could presumably maybe also step away.

"Roberto is a beloved player in our franchise's history and someone I respect a great deal", said Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon. "The impact that he has had on the developing core of our team, its culture and our community are undeniable". "He has frequently approached the entirety with a name and level of class that used to be 2d to none". "He leaves not only a legacy in South Florida, but a legacy in the game itself".

Luongo was the fourth overall pick in the 1997 draft by the New York Islanders, with whom he made his National Hockey League debut on November 28, 1999.

In June 2006, the Panthers dealt Luongo to the Vancouver Canucks for a package that involved Todd Bertuzzi and he was heralded as the end of Vancouver's "goalie graveyard". His last game was April 6, two days after his 40th birthday.

Luongo plans to live in Parkland, Florida, home of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a shooting in February 2018.

Luongo had three more seasons on his contract at a $5,333,333 salary-cap hit. He's by no arrangement leaving there.

"My contract sucks - that's what's the problem", Luongo said at the time.

"You guys are an inspiration to all of us". Since I had my hip surgery a couple of years ago, I've been showing up two hours before every practice and three hours before every game to work on my hip.

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