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REACTIONS: Roberto Luongo Retirement

by Florida Panthers @FlaPanthers /

On Wednesday, Roberto Luongo announced his retirement from the NHL after 19 seasons. Many fans, players and personalities reacted to one of the game's all-time great goaltenders hanging up the pads.

Tweet from @strombone1: I���ve decided to take my talents to a South Beach retirement home ���🏼

Check out some reactions below:


Tweet from @TSNBobMcKenzie: Class act on and off the ice. Congrats on a great career. Hard to believe it was 22 years ago this month when Roberto was driven from MTL to PIT ��� by his then agent/fretful flier Gilles Lupien ��� for the 1997 NHL draft.

Tweet from @PierreVLeBrun: Like only Roberto Luongo can. The veteran goalie announces his retirement after a sensational career. Was a pleasure to cover him. Gregarious and honest and always fun. Hell of a run.

Tweet from @TSN_Sports: Roberto Luongo opens up about his emotional retirement from the NHL.

Tweet from @RussoHockey: Was an absolute honor to cover Roberto Luongo at the start of his career in Fla. Affable personality, supremely intelligent and funny. Hall of Fame human, let alone HofF goaltender That gasp at the 2000 Draft in CGY when Gary Bettman announced trade will last with me forever

Tweet from @lindacohn: One of the best between the pipes EVER Roberto Luongo calls it a career! Next stop Hall of Fame @strombone1 @FlaPanthers #NHL

Tweet from @NHLonNBCSports: Roberto Luongo had a little bit of fun announcing his retirement. 😂📸: @strombone1

Tweet from @drosennhl: Peak Luongo right here. A hell of a career and he���s going out in style.

Tweet from @PR_NHL: Roberto Luongo, the @Canucks (252) and @FlaPanthers (230) franchise leader in wins, hangs up the pads with 489 victories to his name ��� the third-most among goaltenders in NHL history. #NHLStats

Tweet from @NHLdotcom: Roberto Luongo, the third-winningest goalie in NHL history, announced his retirement on Wednesday.

Tweet from @CraigCustance: "It just feels like the right time for me to step away from the game." Lots of honesty and emotion in this retirement letter from Roberto Luongo.

Tweet from @jamiemclennan29: HHOF 🔒

Tweet from @tsnjamesduthie: Position still open @strombone1

Local Media Reacted As Well...

Tweet from @FOXPanthers: From all of us at @FOXSportsFL and on behalf of hockey and #FlaPanthers fans everywhere, belting Luuuuuuu this afternoon in celebrating Roberto Luongo���s 19-year NHL career and thanking him for all he���s done on and off the ice to make South FL a better place.

Tweet from @JamesonCoop: It was an incredible pleasure to cover Luongo. Happy that he's going to stick around in Parkland and remain a part of the SoFla community. His speech after the Parkland tragedy will always be one of the most powerful, moving moments in NHL history.

Tweet from @JessBlaylock: I don���t even know how to put into words how much I���ve enjoyed getting to know and getting to cover Roberto Luongo. It has been such a joy to watch the way he competes every day. How much his team mates love and respect him is beyond measure. Congratulations on an epic career Lu.

Tweet from @MikeCugnoCBS4: Panthers Roberto Luongo announces his retirement in open letter to fans. In true @strombone1 fashion he injects some humor: ���For now though, I'm just another retiree in South Florida. I'll be going to get my senior citizen's card here pretty soon.���Cheers to the future HOF

Tweet from @MikeCugnoCBS4: Roberto Luongo was awesome to cover and glad he���s staying in town. He means a lot to the Parkland community. @strombone1 @CBSMiami

Tweet from @ByTimReynolds: Next fall, the Heat won't have Dwyane Wade and the Panthers won't have Roberto Luongo.Truly, the end of some eras.

Tweet from @goldieonice: 1 of the greats on & of the ice,was always proud to wear the #FlaPanthers jersey, an honor to call his games. The good news...we have Roberto Luongo as part of our South Florida community for years to come #Lu #Thanks

Tweet from @DavidJNeal: I thought of us walking into the locker room after the Panthers managed to lose 2 goalies in the Waiver Draft (despite rules to prevent that) and Luongo greeting us by laughing loudly, "The last man standing!"Good guy to cover.

Tweet from @AndySlater: Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo announces his retirement, in his typical funny fashion. 🤣

Tweet from @apoupartFins: This is tremendous reading. One thought, though: It's obvious what @strombone1 should do right now. Tweet! The retirement pic was a classic!

Panthers Teammates Shared Memories and Well Wishes.

Tweet from @jrbrown94: A true professional and great guy, Congrats on a HOF career Bobby Lu! I just wish I got to play with you longer, Enjoy retirement!😺

Tweet from @Sceviour7: @strombone1 @FlaPanthers Congrats Lu on a HOF career! I am grateful to have had the opportunity to call you a teammate for the last 3 seasons.

Tweet from @Frank_Vatrano: Congrats @strombone1 on an unbelievable career! What an absolute honor it was for me to call you a teammate you will be missed!

Tweet from @JonnyHuby11: F��licitations @strombone1! It was a tremendous honor to play with a legend and a great guy. I���ll miss you on the ice and in the room, but maybe not at the card table. #pokerface #HHOF

Around the Hockey World

Tweet from @GSparks40: All the respect in the world for @strombone1, a pioneer of modern goaltending with undeniable swagger in net & genius on Twitter. It was an honor just to share the ice for 60 minutes this yearCongrats on a legendary career & enjoy life without those things strapped to your legs

Tweet from @eddielack: Congrats on a great career!My mentor, idol and friend������

Tweet from @TheAHL: Congratulations on a great playing career, Luongo! The game of hockey is better because you were a part of it. #AHLGrads

Tweet from @TeamCanada: Two-time Olympic champ Roberto Luongo is stepping away from the ice 🏒👋Congratulations on an incredible career with #TeamCanada 🇨������Look back at the highlights 🥇🥇👉

Tweet from @Canucks: After an incredible 20 seasons in the @NHL, @Strombone1 has officially announced his retirement. Thanks LUUUUUUUUU! for everything you did as part of the #Canucks.

Tweet from @NYIslanders: Congrats on a Hall of Fame career, @strombone1. Wishing you all the best!

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