The Florida Panthers announced on Monday that goaltender Roberto Luongo would become the first player in the history of the franchise to have their jersey retired. The ceremony will happen on Saturday, March 7, 2020, when the Panthers host the Montreal Canadiens.
Luongo announced his retirement from the NHL on June 26, 2019, capping off a 19 season career at age 40. His 489 career wins placed him third of all time, with only Martin Brodeur and Patrick Roy ahead of him. At the time of his retirement, Luongo was also one of three goaltenders in NHL history to play 1,000 games.
In addition to his on-ice achievements, Luongo was also a respected voice in the Flordia community. In the wake of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, Luongo saluted the activist students in an emotional pregame speech at the Panthers’ first home game following the incident.