The Florida Panthers will honour recently retired goaltender Roberto Luongo by making his No. 1 the first number ever retired by the organization.
The team said Monday that the ceremony will occur before its March 7, 2020, game against Luongo’s hometown Montreal Canadiens.
“Roberto is a cornerstone of Panthers history and an icon of the game,” Panthers owner Vincent J. Viola said in a release. “He has represented himself and the Panthers with tremendous dignity, determination and a standard of excellence throughout his career.
“Roberto exemplifies what it means to be a Florida Panther. His level of commitment to this franchise, his teammates, his family and the South Florida community is second to none. There is no player more deserving to be the first Florida Panther to have his jersey number retired.”
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“I want to thank the entire Panthers organization for this incredible recognition,” Luongo said. “It’s quite an honour to be the first player to have his number retired by the Panthers. I’m truly looking forward to sharing this special night with my friends, family, teammates and the Panthers fans.”
He finished his career with a 489-392-124 record, .919 save percentage and 2.52 goals-against average in 1,044 appearances, with the latter figure trailing only Martin Brodeur (1,266) for most ever by an NHL goaltender.
Luongo ranks third in career wins behind only Brodeur and Patrick Roy.