Roberto Luongo the immortal | The Quebec Newspaper


He has never won the Stanley Cup or the Vezina Trophy. But with 489 NHL victories, the fourth highest total, and an Olympic gold medal, goalkeeper Roberto Luongo saw the doors of the Hockey Hall of Fame open on Monday.

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The Montrealer will make their debut in Toronto in November, alongside their former Vancouver Canucks teammates, twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin, former Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and Finnish forward Riikka Sallinen.

Herb Carnegie, considered the best black hockey player to ever play in the NHL, will also be inducted as a constructor.

Like Luongo, no player in this year of 2022 – the first in two years, due to the pandemic – has taken the Holy Grail of hockey at a safe distance.

“I’ve never won the Stanley Cup, but I’ve been able to play at the top of my game for several seasons,” the 43-year-old Quebecer noted during a conference call. And it is thanks to my work ethic that I have been able to perform this way for several years. ”

Emotional and feverish

Luongo wore the New York Islanders uniform for just 24 games, making him the fourth pick of the 1997 auction.

Rather, it is with the Florida Panthers and the Canucks that he made his mark on the history of his sport.

The goalkeeper will have been the captain in Vancouver for two seasons, an unusual fact in modern hockey. He helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011, where they lost to the Boston Bruins.

Luongo then returned to Florida, with the aim of taking the Panthers to the playoffs.

Which he achieved in 2016, three campaigns before hanging up his leggings at the ripe old age of 40.

The Temple Call, Luongo received in his first year of eligibility. And it aroused great emotions in him.

“You never really expect it. When you answer and that’s it [le Temple de la renommée] at the end of the line, it’s exciting, ”admitted the former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League member.

Three Swedes

The Sedin twins will have done almost everything the same during their 17 seasons with the Canucks. Daniel will have collected 1041 points in 1306 games. Henrik, 1070 in 1330.

And here they are, the two Swedish strikers who became immortal on the same day, also in their first year of eligibility.

“My brother and I entered the league at the same time. It is very special to enter the Temple with him. I’m so proud of this accolade, “said Daniel, who was enlisted second overall, one place ahead of his twin, in 1999.

The face of senators for nearly two decades, Alfredsson had waited five years for the doors of the Hall of Fame to open to him.

For the striker with 1157 points in 1246 games, this induction “is very special”.

“It is an honor, added the Swede, double Olympic medalist, who is now 49 years old. We don’t think too much about it when we play, but now that I’m retired, I’m touched to find myself at the Temple with such big names. ”

A European first

Finnish forward Sallinen became the first European hockey player to be admitted to the Hall on Monday.

The former player has had a long and successful career on the international stage. He has won the Olympic bronze twice: in Nagano, in 1998, then in Pyeongchang, 20 years later.

She is also the oldest hockey player of any gender to win a medal at the Games. She was then 44 years old.

The fight against prejudice

Entered as a constructor, Carnegie has never played in the NHL.

At the time, Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smyth allegedly said of the center player that “he would bring him to his team if anyone could make him white.”

The Torontonian had offers to play with affiliated New York Rangers, but not the big club.

He preferred to stay in Quebec, the Quebec Provincial Hockey League and the Quebec Senior Hockey League, where he scored a 127-point season in 56 games, in Sherbrooke.

Carnegie also wore the Quebec Aces uniform, along with Jean Béliveau.

Died 10 years ago, Carnegie worked tirelessly to increase diversity in hockey following his retirement in the early 1950s.

In November, due to the pandemic, the 2020 recruits entered the Temple. Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, Kim St-Pierre and Ken Holland were admitted.

Inspired by Grant Fuhr and Patrick Roy

Roberto Luongo grew up idolizing Grant Fuhr. When he played on the streets of his neighborhood, the Montrealer liked to imitate the parades with the goalkeeper’s glove of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty.

Then, when he wanted to learn the basics of the position, Luongo was inspired by Patrick Roy.

And now he will become an immortal, like his two inspirations. But the Quebecer don’t necessarily miss what goalkeepers were like in their day.

Because Luongo explained that he sees the evolution of the position with a good eye. He recalled on Monday that he himself has been trying to always progress for nearly two decades on the circuit and that this may have opened the doors to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The best people

It’s special, this class of 2022. There are several players who know each other well, including three former teammates with the Canucks in Luongo as well as Henrik and Daniel Sedin.

It was therefore to be expected that all of these new immortals would throw flowers at each other on Monday when they spoke to reporters within hours of hearing the news.

And that’s what they did. Luongo will be placed alongside two players he enjoyed training against during his years in Vancouver.

“The best thing about this hiring is that I will enter the Hall along with two of my all-time favorite teammates. Two of the best people I know ”, exulted the former goalkeeper.

“It was great to see them train. Knowing they could be on the ice without seeing each other. They were great competitors and great teammates, “she continued.

“I couldn’t be happier to be back with Henrik and Roberto,” added Daniel Sedin. Roberto is also one of my favorite people. ”

Will Strombone be there?

Luongo is the fourth most successful goalkeeper in history, behind three other Quebecers: Martin Brodeur, Roy and Marc-André Fleury.

But on social media he is recognized as one of the funniest athletes. On his Twitter account Strombone1, “Lou” likes to multiply self-deprecating comments.

And many fans are already hoping his introductory speech is in the same vein.

“I will definitely do it Tweeter a little during the ceremony, Luongo exclaimed. It is something that has helped me get through the most difficult times. I try to be fun on this platform, but it’s really therapeutic. “

“We’ll see what happens in November, but I can’t promise [que je serai aussi drôle] ! “

No Stanley Cup but many medals

The four former NHL Hall of Fame members may never have had the privilege of raising the Stanley Cup. But they will have stood out for their individual stats and their performances on the international stage.

Roberto Luongo | Doorman

Canadians versus Canucks

Born in MontrealApril 4, 1979

Choice of 1uh round (4And in total) of the islanders in 1997

19 seasons with the Islanders, Panthers and Canucks

1044 games: record 489 wins, 392 losses and 124 draws or defeats in extra time

Gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Daniel Alfredsson | Striker

Canadians versus Canucks

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, 11th December 1972

Choice of the 6th round (133And in total) of the Senators in 1994

18 seasons with Senators and Red Wings

1246 games: record of 444 goals, 713 assists and 1157 points

Gold medal at the Turin Olympics in 2006 and silver in Sochi in 2014

Winner of the 1996 Calder Trophy

Henrik Sedin | Striker

Canadians versus Canucks

Born in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, September 26, 1980

Choice of 1D. round (3And in total) of the Canucks in 1999

17 seasons with the Canucks

1330 games: record of 240 goals, 830 assists and 1070 points

Gold medal at the 2006 Turin Olympics

Winner of the Hart and Art-Ross trophies in 2006

Daniele Sedin | Striker

Canadians versus Canucks

Born in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden, September 26, 1980

Choice of 1st round (2And in total) of the Canucks in 1999

17 seasons with the Canucks

1306 games: record 393 goals, 648 assists and 1041 points

Gold medal at the Turin Olympics in 2006 and silver in Sochi in 2014

Winner of the Hart and Ted-Lindsay trophy (2011)

Riikka Sallinen | Striker

Canadians versus Canucks

Born in Jyväskylä, Finland, June 12, 1973

Bronze medal at the Nagano Olympic Games in 1998 and Pyeongchang in 2018

Silver medal at the 2019 World Cup

Senior female and male hockey player to win an Olympic medal (age 44)

First European hockey player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame

Carnegie with herbs | Builder

Canadians versus Canucks

Born in Toronto, November 8, 1919

Died in Toronto on March 9, 2012

One of the first blacks to have a career in hockey; he dominated the semi-pro leagues in the 1940s and 1950s, never playing in the NHL

He played in Shawinigan, Sherbrooke and Quebec (alongside Jean Béliveau), racking up 608 points in 466 games in the Quebec Provincial Hockey League and the Quebec Senior Hockey League


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