Biography:

Roberto Luongo has appeared in three Olympic Games, winning gold twice at Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. After posting a 1-1 record at Turin 2006, Luongo won five games at Vancouver 2010, including the gold medal game. He started one game at Sochi 2014 as Canada won its second straight Olympic title.

Luongo’s first time wearing the maple leaf was at the 1998 IIHF World Junior Championship. Luongo returned to the junior tournament in 1999 where he backstopped Canada to a silver medal. Luongo has also appeared in four IIHF World Championships (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005), winning gold in 2003 and 2004 as well as a silver in 2005. Luongo was also on Team Canada’s gold medal-winning roster at the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Luongo’s NHL career began with him being drafted fourth overall in 1997 by the New York Islanders. He’s gone on to play 19 seasons in the league, primarily with the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks. In 2011, Luongo won the William Jennings trophy for the NHL’s lowest goals against average with 2.11. Among NHL goaltenders, Luongo ranks in the top three all-time for games played, top five all-time for wins, and the top 10 all-time for save percentage.

Luongo was inducted to the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012 with his teammates from the 2010 Olympic hockey team.

Getting to know…

Sports idol: Grant Fuhr… Favourite movie: The Shawshank Redemption… Enjoys playing poker and would be a professional player if not in hockey… Participated in the 2012 and 2013 World Series of Poker…