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Roberto Luongo career timeline: Draft to retirement

40-year-old goalie third all-time with 489 wins

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor

Highlights from the career of Roberto Luongo, who announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday.

June 21, 1997 -- The New York Islanders select Luongo, a goalie with Val-d'Or of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, No. 4 in the 1997 NHL Draft at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. The Montreal native spends two more seasons in the QMJHL before turning pro.

Nov. 28, 1999 -- Luongo makes his NHL debut with the Islanders at Fleet Center (now TD Garden) by making 43 saves in a 2-1 victory. He's named First Star of the Game. He also gets his first NHL shutout against Boston, making 34 saves in a 3-0 victory at Nassau Coliseum on Dec. 27. Luongo finishes the season 7-14 with one tie, a 3.25 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 24 games.


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June 24, 2000 -- The Islanders select goalie Rick DiPietro with the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, then trade Luongo to the Florida Panthers with center Olli Jokinen for forwards Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvasha.

April 7, 2001 -- Luongo caps his first season with the Panthers by making 25 saves in a 3-0 victory against the New York Rangers. Despite a 2.44 GAA, a .920 save percentage and five shutouts in 47 games, he finishes the season 12-24 with seven ties.

April 4, 2004 -- Despite allowing six goals in Florida's season finale, a 6-6 tie with the Carolina Hurricanes (the last game in the NHL to end without a winner), Luongo has his best season to date. He goes 25-33 with 14 ties, a 2.43 GAA, a .931 save percentage and seven shutouts in 72 games. He is voted an NHL Second-Team All-Star and is third in voting for the Vezina Trophy as the League's top goalie.

June 23, 2006 -- After going 35-30-9 with a 2.97 GAA, a .914 save percentage and four shutouts in 75 games for the Panthers in 2005-06, Luongo is traded to the Vancouver Canucks along with defenseman Lukas Krajicek and a draft pick for forward Todd Bertuzzi, defenseman Bryan Allen and goalie Alex Auld.

April 7, 2007 -- A 4-3 overtime win against the San Jose Sharks caps a season that sees Luongo go 47-22-6 for the Northwest Division-champion Canucks. He finishes with a 2.28 GAA, a .921 save percentage and five shutouts in 76 games, earning another Second-Team All-Star selection. Luongo finishes second in voting for the Vezina Trophy and the Hart Trophy.

April 11, 2007 -- In his first Stanley Cup Playoff game, Luongo makes 72 saves in a 5-4, four-overtime victory against the Dallas Stars, including 39 straight saves after the Stars tied the game at 13:46 of the third period. Luongo's 72 saves are tied for the second-most ever in a playoff game, one behind Kelly Hrudey's 73 for the Islanders on April 18, 1987.

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Sept. 2, 2009 -- Luongo and the Canucks agree to terms on a 12-year contract that runs through the 2021-22 season.

Feb. 28, 2010 -- With Luongo in goal, Canada defeats the United States 3-2 in overtime to win the gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. It's the first of two Olympic golds for Luongo, who also gets one at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

April 7, 2011 -- Luongo gets his 55th NHL shutout, passing Ed Giacomin and Bernie Parent for 18th place all-time, when the Canucks defeat the Minnesota Wild 5-0 at Rogers Arena. It's his NHL-leading 38th win of a season that sees the Canucks (51-22-9) win the Presidents' Trophy as the League's regular-season champion. Luongo finishes with a 2.11 GAA in 60 games and combines with backup Cory Schneider to win the William M. Jennings Trophy, given to the goalies on the team that allows the fewest goals during the regular season.

June 10, 2011 -- Luongo's fourth shutout of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, a 31-save, 1-0 victory against the Bruins at Rogers Arena in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, puts the Canucks one victory away from their first championship. However, they lose Game 6 in Boston and then lose 4-0 at home in Game 7.

March 4, 2014 -- The Canucks trade Luongo to the Panthers for goalie Jacob Markstrom and forward Shawn Matthias.

April 2, 2015 -- Luongo becomes the 11th goalie in NHL history with 400 wins when he makes 31 saves in Florida's 6-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes at BB&T Center.

April 9, 2016 -- Luongo makes 26 saves in the Panthers' 5-2 win against the Hurricanes for his 35th victory of the 2015-16 season, matching the team record he set in 2005-06. The victory caps the best regular season in Panthers history (47-26-9), but they lose to the Islanders in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round. Luongo has hip surgery in the offseason.

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Feb. 25, 2019 -- A 4-3 overtime win at the Colorado Avalanche is the 485th of Luongo's career, moving him past Ed Belfour for third place on the League's all-time list. Aaron Ekblad's goal 26 seconds into overtime gives Luongo the milestone victory after he makes 36 saves.

April 6, 2019 -- In what turns out to be the final game of his NHL career, Luongo makes 23 saves in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils.

June 26, 2019 -- Luongo announces via a letter posted on the Panthers website that he's retiring from the NHL. "After thinking about it a lot over the past two months and listening to my body," he writes, "I made up my mind. It just feels like the right time for me to step away from the game."

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