Montreal goalkeeper Roberto Luongo received the final honor on Monday when it was announced that his name would be added to those of other hockey immortals.
Like his former teammates Henrik and Daniel Sedin, in particular, Luongo will be in his sport’s Hall of Fame vintage 2022, having scored 1,044 NHL games, as well as three Winter Olympics appearances with Team Canada, during the 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions of the competition.
In 2011, Luongo came up with a small win by getting his hands on the Stanley Cup, which ultimately went to the Boston Bruins that year.
On Monday, he became only the fourth goalkeeper in the past two decades to be admitted to his first year of eligibility, after Patrick Roy, Ed Belfour and Martin Brodeur.
“I would like to thank the committee for my selection. It is truly an incredible emotion that lives in me, she said from the beginning, it seems surreal to me seeing all the congratulatory text messages arrive. It’s an honor I don’t take lightly, and it’s made even better by the fact that I’m going in with two of my all-time favorite teammates and two awesome humans like Henrik and Daniel. “
“A lot of people helped me get started at the very beginning of this adventure in professional hockey,” he said. I have a thought for my teammates, my coaches, the three organizations I played for. Throughout my career, I have been honored to be able to play hockey for so long. It’s a great way to put the finishing touches on. “
A longevity as impressive as that shown by Luongo in the Bettman circuit cannot be the result of chance alone.
To date, he has the fourth most wins (489) in championship history and is ninth for shutout (77).
“When you are a goalkeeper, you have to know how to adapt. Each year, players continue to improve in this position. New techniques are presented to improve its effectiveness. I think this is what helped me stay in the NHL for so long; I never stick to what I knew. I felt the perennial need to improve myself every day. I was open to the idea of integrating new ways of doing things. It allowed me to follow the parade rather than get stuck in my beliefs, ”said Luongo, now 43.
Although he was born in Montreal and calls Florida home, Luongo admitted that the city of Vancouver has incomparable prestige in his eyes, having achieved a huge level of popularity during his years with the Canucks.
Proud enough to have played with these 3 studs !! Congratulations on the well deserved HHOF inductions !! What is the common theme here? Chaos in the fold 😂 My bad !! @ strombone1 @SedinFamilyFdn pic.twitter.com/xGmSu6pRJ8
– Kevin Bieksa (@ kbieksa3) June 28, 2022
“Every time I go back, it warms my heart to find this city that I have loved so much. I was there earlier this year for a game between the Panthers and the Canucks, and the welcome I got there was magical. Sure, there were a bit more difficult times with the team during my stay in Vancouver, but I loved my experience. It is a great city for sports and hockey. It’s good to see that the team is going in the right direction because it will always have a special place in my heart. “