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19-Year Goaltender Roberto Luongo Announces Retirement from NHL

19-season goaltender Roberto Luongo, who is third place all-time in wins, is officially hanging up his pads. 

Having only three years left on his current contract with the Florida Panthers, Luongo made his retirement announcement today via social media in two different ways.

Down below is by providing an ‘open letter’ to fans through NHL.com. 

The other retirement speech was in a more comical fashion, by ‘taking his talents’ to the South Florida area where he lives now.

The 40-year-old garnered all of his 489 wins with the Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, and New York Islanders.

Luongo’s biggest achievements came when he and fellow Canucks goaltender Corey Schneider won the William Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals per 25 games played each.

He also was selected as a six-time All-Star in net and made the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011. 

He also finishes as franchise leader in wins for both the Panthers (230) and Canucks (252) and is ranked second all-time in games played. 

He was also a mainstay goaltender for international competition. Representing his home country of Canada, he won the Gold medal twice in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games. 

Luongo also rewrote history as the Canucks named him as captain for three seasons (2008-10), the first goalie captain since Bill Durnan with the Montreal Canadiens in 1947-48 season. 

Luongo (left) and Corey Schneider won the Williams Jennings Trophy as teammates with the Vancouver Canucks in the 2010-11 season.

Luongo wraps up his career in third behind two Hall-of-Fame goaltenders in wins (Patrick Roy and Martin Brodeur). 

Here is his main quote on his career goal and his emotional response to his retirement. 

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