SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers Special Advisor to the General Manager Roberto Luongo earned a Gold Medal as General Manager of Team Canada on Sunday following Canada's 3-2 overtime victory over Finland at the 2021 IIHF World Championship in Riga, Latvia.
Making his international management debut, Luongo's Canadian team lost their first three games of the tournament but went on to defeat Team ROC 2-1 in overtime in the quarterfinals and Team USA 4-2 in the semifinals to advance to the Gold Medal game.
Luongo represented Canada as a player in the World Championship four times, earning Gold Medals in 2003 and 2004 and Silver in 2005. He will serve as an assistant to GM Doug Armstrong for Canada at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
Panthers prospect Anton Lundell skated in his first IIHF World Championship, leading Finland with four goals (tied) and seven points (4-3-7) over 10 games en route to a Silver Medal.
Lundell's Silver Medal is his fourth medal representing Finland on the international stage. He earned Gold at both the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship and the 2019 IIHF U20 World Junior Championship, and captained his country to a Bronze Medal at the 2021 World Junior Championships.
Prior to the tournament, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound native of Espoo, Finland, produced a team-leading 16 goals (16-9-25) over 26 games with HIFK (Liiga). In over 108 games played with HIFK in Finland's top professional league from 2018-19 to 2020-21, he has amassed 72 points (35-37-72).
In January, Lundell served as captain for Finland at the 2021 WJC, registering a team-leading six goals and 10 points over seven games. He scored twice in Finland's Bronze Medal-clinching contest against Russia.
Lundell was selected by the Panthers in the first round (12th overall) of the 2020 NHL Draft.
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