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Canucks sign G Luongo to 12-year extension

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - The Vancouver Canucks and goalie Roberto Luongo agreed to a 12-year contract extension on Wednesday.

The three-time All-Star was entering the final season of a four-year, $27 million contract. The new deal will run through the 2021-22 season and is reportedly worth $64 million.

"Roberto Luongo is the leader of our hockey team; he is in the prime of his playing career and has a tremendous desire to make the Canucks a championship team," general manager Mike Gillis said in a statement. "His leadership, competitiveness and character are what this team will represent for many years to come."

The 30-year-old is expected to finish his career in Vancouver. He also plans to play for Canada at the 2010 Olympics.

"This is a great day for me and my family," Luongo said in a statement. "I love playing in a passionate hockey city like Vancouver, and along with my teammates I am committed to doing everything I can to help make this a championship team."

Luongo was 33-13-7 last season, when he became the first NHL goalie in 60 years to be named a team captain. He finished second in the league with nine shutouts and fifth in both goals-against average (2.35) and save percentage (.920).

Luongo was a finalist for the Hart Trophy as league MVP after posting 47 wins in 2006-07. He has a 115-64-22 record, 20 shutouts and 2.33 goals-against average over his first three seasons in Vancouver.

Luongo was acquired from Florida in a six-player trade at the 2006 NHL draft and signed the four-year contract extension, stabilizing the position for a Canucks team that used 18 different goaltenders over the previous eight seasons.

Drafted fourth overall by the New York Islander in 1997, Luongo was traded to Florida three years later and spent the next five seasons with the Panthers.

He is 230-232-33-31 with a 2.57 goals-against average and .919 save percentage in 544 career NHL games. He led the Canucks to the second round of the playoffs in both 2007 and 2009.

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