In a career that has spanned 11 seasons, Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo
has done just about everything. He's accrued accolades both of the individual and team variety with multiple All-Star appearances, a 2004 World Cup of Hockey title, two IIHF World Championships and of course a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
But despite his myriad of accomplishments, Luongo has always carried a reputation as a goalie who, despite obvious talents, might never win the ultimate prize due to a tendency to surrender the occasional soft goal or make a dramatic mental error such as his misguided clearing pass in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals this year, which Joe Thornton
intercepted and tossed into a wide open net. Luongo has yet to touch the Stanley Cup in what might be an otherwise Hall of Fame career, but a glance at recent history suggests it may not be Luongo's skill set or how he reacts to high-pressure situations.
It might just be the number on his back.
While most netminders prefer a number in the 20s, 30s or 40s, a goaltender wearing No. 1 is not unusual, as the digit has been worn by legends like Terry Sawchuk
, Glenn Hall
and Johnny Bower
. In fact, of the 87 goalies who played at least 1 minute in the NHL this season, nine of them wore No. 1, a group that includes a Vezina nominee (Luongo), a former Calder Trophy winner (Steve Mason
), two of the League's top backups (Brent Johnson
and Johan Hedberg
) and not one but two players who have probably been forced to sing Weezer way too many times at karaoke (Jonas Hiller
and Jhonas Enroth