For his second stint, he was sent back to Florida just before the 2013-14 season trade deadline on March 4, 2014. In the 2015-16 season, he was named to the All-Star Game that season- the. Additionally, he went to the playoffs for the first time as a Panther. However, he ultimately lost in six games to the team that drafted him to the New York Islanders. It was great to see the goaltender experience a resurgence in his career, but he ultimately never saw the playoffs again. On February 25, 2019, he passed Ed Belfour for the third all-time win after a 4-3 overtime win over the Colorado Avalanche. On June 19, he announced his retirement from hockey.
Following his success in Florida, he was the first Panthers player to have his jersey sent to the rafters on March 7, 2020. Luongo may have defined his career in Vancouver, but his heart remained in Sunrise, Florida , as he decided. go to the front office as a special adviser to the general manager. He can still build a winning team while being close to the beach.
Luongo was a community hero
He was well known for his performances on the ice, but what he did for his community is Hall of Fame worthy. After a mass shooting at Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Florida, he gave a powerful speech at the City of Sunrise before a game on February 22, 2018.
“To the teachers at school, you are heroes protecting your children. Some of them didn’t survive, trying to protect the children. That’s really what a hero is. These people need to be put on a pedestal for the rest of their lives.“
Roberto Luongo on the teachers who lost their lives in the tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglass High School.
Because of what he’s done for MSD students, he was nominated for the Bill Masterton Award that season. Although he did not receive it, it shows that he had a huge impact on the NHL community.
Luongo takes his place among legends in Toronto
Although he didn’t win a Vezina Cup or Trophy, Luongo was still elected to have his name immortalized in Toronto at the Hockey Hall of Fame. It was to be a fantastic teammate, a superhero in his community, and a leader among men in the locker room. His name enshrined among legends in Toronto is a huge resonance not only for the Montreal native goaltender, but for hockey as a whole in South Florida.