Who Didn't Shoot Roberto Luongo?
Roberto Luongo was born on April 4 1979 in Montreal, Canada and has already made a large impression in the short time he has played professionally.
Roberto Luongo began his hockey career at the age of 18 when he joined the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Val-d'Or Foreurs for the 94/95 season. The following year he notched 31 wins which was a club record. The following year he achieved another club record of 8 shutouts in a regular single season bringing them the Memorial Cup finals.
In 1997 Roderto Loungo was drafted in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. However due to contractual problems they had to return him to the QMJHL before the start of the season.
He finally signed with a New York minor league team, the Lowell Loch Monsters, in Lowell Massachusetts. He was bitterly disappointed though on his arrival and did not make his NHL debut until 28th November 1999. Then in 2000 the Islanders, to the dismay of their fans, traded him to the Florida Panthers where he stayed for five seasons.
Roberto Luongo five years as a Panther were very successful and in the 2002-03 season he faced over 2000 shots and saved 91.8% of them then in 2004 he was voted second for the Vezina Trophy after facing 2475 shots in one season, the most ever faced by a goaltender.
Although due to resign with them for the 2006/7 season he was traded with other fellow team mates to the Vancouver Canucks for a 4 year contract reportedly worth $27 million.
In the 2006/7 season he made the NHL All Star team as the Western Conference's starter as voted by fans and was named best goaltender of the all stars skills competition in Dallas.
Despite his short time with the Canucks he is already considered by many of his fans to be one of their best ever goalies. On March 9 he broke a club record of 38 wins and then on March 15 he became the 20th goaltender in NHL history to post 40 or more wins in one season.
A poll amongst a random selection of 5000 people resulted in 80% of the pollsters voting him as the NHL's best goaltender. After tying with Bernie Parents NHL record of 47 wins in one season he was nominated for three awards, the Vezina, Pearson and Hart.
Roberto Luongo is a regular player of the Canadian national team usually as a backup to Martin Bordeur. He has played in three World Championships winning two gold medals and one silver and was also selected for the 2006 Winter Olympics.
The goalies are my favorites with the NHL Sports Picks because they look so awesome and fearful in their protective gear and standing guard at their goal mouths like sentinels.
Mc Farlanes care and attention to detail never ceases to amaze me and this looks to be as good as the previous Roberto Luongo figure.
Featuring the Vancouver Canucks regular colors he stands approx six inches high and come packaged in the regular Mc Farlane's clamshell display.
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