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Ring of Honor: Roberto Luongo Celebrated by Vancouver Canucks



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Roberto Luongo is flanked by daughter Gabriella, son Gianni and wife Gina as he drops the ceremonial first puck to his replacement Sergei Bobrovsky and Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko on Thursday night. // Photo courtesy @canucks

Roberto Luongo was celebrated by the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night before their game against the Florida Panthers as the Hall of Fame goalie was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Luongo was unofficially named captain of the Canucks following his trade from the Panthers in 2006 but as a goalie, it was unofficial.

He had the ‘C’ painted on his mask for a few years but never had it stitched onto his sweater.

Until Thursday night, that is.

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Former Vancouver teammates Daniel and Henrik Sedin presented Luongo with a special jersey as part of a long pregame ceremony which celebrated his eight seasons with the franchise.

Luongo led off by expressing his excitement that the Canucks have turned a corner and are now one of the top teams in the NHL.

“Hockey is fun again in Vancouver,” Luongo said in his remarks. “This is the way it is supposed to be; the city is buzzing, the team is playing well. There is so much excitement. I am very happy for you guys. You’ve waited a long time for this.”

The Canucks celebrated Luongo’s night with a bobblehead giveaway with all Vancouver players warming up wearing No. 1 with Luongo’s name on the back.

Prior to the start of the game, Luongo dropped the ceremonial first puck — but instead of the captains coming to center ice, it was the two starting goalies: Florida’s Sergei Bobrovsky and Vancouver’s Thatcher Demko.

The Panthers, coincidentally, signed Bobrovsky not long after Luongo officially announced his retirement in 2019.

The two hugged as they work closely together now in Florida as Luongo heads up the team’s goalie department.

Demko perhaps enjoyed the night the most as he made 36 saves in a 4-0 win over the Panthers.

Bobrovsky was pulled to start the third period.

“Celebrating Lu is never a bad thing,” said Florida captain Sasha Barkov, who played with Luongo from the trade back to Florida in 2014 until his retirement in 2019.

“He deserves everything. He is an icon here and same back in South Florida. He changed the hockey culture there and I was really fortunate to have been able to play with him.”



  • When: Saturday, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Rogers Place, Edmonton
  • TV/Streaming: Bally Sports Florida, ESPN+
  • Radio: WAXY 790-AM; WBZT 1230-AM (Palm Beach); WCTH 100.3-FM (Florida Keys); SiriusXM
  • Panthers Radio Streaming: SiriusXM 932, NHL App
  • This Season (Florida Leads 1-0) — At Florida: Panthers 5, Oilers 3 (Nov. 20). At Edmonton: Saturday.
  • Last Season: Edmonton won 2-0
  • All-time Regular Season Series: Oilers lead 23-15-0, 3 ties

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