Long-time goalie Roberto Luongo retires

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Long-time NHL goaltender Roberto Luongo has announced his decision to retire on Wednesday. He made the announcement in an open letter to the fans on NHL.com

The 40-year-old Montreal, Quebec, Canada native played for the New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, and the Vancouver Canucks. He spent 11 years of his career with the Panthers.

Former Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers
Roberto Luongo makes a save against the Edmonton Oilers (Getty Images)

“This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve faced in my life and it took me a long time to make it,” Luongo wrote in the online post. “After thinking about it, a lot over the past two months, and listening to my body, I made up my mind. It just feels like the right time for me to step away from the game. I love the game so much, but the commitment I required to prepare, to keep my body ready, has become overwhelming. 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.

“Even at night, whether it was the night before a game or even a night off, there I was rolling out, doing strengthening exercises. My entire life revolved around recovery, strengthening and making sure I was ready to go the next day. I was willing to make that sacrifice because I love the game, I love being part of it, being in the action and competing with my teammates. I was willing to go through it all for my love of hockey.”

This season, his last in the league, he had 43 appearances, including 40 starts. He went 18-16-5, while also had an .899 save percentage and a 3.12 goals against average.

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