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Roberto Luongo named Canucks team captain

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks

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Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis and Head Coach Alain Vigneault have appointed goaltender Roberto Luongo team Captain. Luongo becomes the 12th Captain in club history.

"Selecting Roberto Luongo as our Captain is a significant decision for our entire organization," said Gillis. "Alain and I were looking for someone to lead this team, who inspires his teammates, is respected for his on-ice accomplishments and who embodies the core values we are striving for as a hockey club. We are confident that Roberto, along with Mattias, Willie, Ryan and all of their teammates, will provide this organization with strong leadership both on and off of the ice."

Luongo, 29, becomes the 12th Captain in Canucks history. By League rule, Luongo cannot wear a ‘C’ on his sweater. He will be supported by Mattias Ohlund, Willie Mitchell and Ryan Kesler in their new role as Assistant Captains. Luongo joins a well respected and esteemed group who have previously worn the ‘C’ for the Canucks including, Orland Kurtenbach, Stan Smyl, Trevor Linden, Mark Messier and, for the previous eight years, Markus Naslund.

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"This is a tremendous honour and one that I feel very grateful for," said Luongo. "I am very proud to have been named the Captain and with the support of Mattias, Willie, Ryan and all of my teammates I look forward to leading this team."

Luongo, is entering his ninth NHL season and third with the Canucks. In his first two seasons with Vancouver, he has posted a record of 82-51-15 with eleven shutouts and a 2.33 GAA in 149 regular season games. After recording a career high and club record 47 wins in 2006-07, leading the Canucks to their most successful regular season in team history, Luongo was nominated for the Hart and Vezina Trophies and the Lester B. Pearson Award. Luongo is a three time NHL All-Star who has represented Team Canada on numerous occasions, most recently at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin, Italy.
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