Springfield Thunderbirds to host Roberto Luongo night, celebrate career of retired Florida Panther on Nov. 2
The Springfield Thunderbirds announced Tuesday that the team will honor longtime Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo during a home game at the MassMutual Center on Nov. 2.
Luongo will hold a public meet-and-greet with fans in attendance before the game and will drop the ceremonial first puck as the Thunderbirds take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
“Roberto Luongo has accomplished so much throughout his career and will forever be remembered as a legend and fan-favorite within the Panthers Franchise,” Springfield Thunderbirds GM Eric Joyce said. “We’re honored to have him join us in Springfield for a special night.
The 40-year-old goaltender retired after a 19-year NHL career at the end of the 2018-2019 season. Over the course of a career that featured stints with both the Panthers and the Vancouver Canucks, he accumulated the second most games played by a goaltender in the NHL (1,044), third most wins (489) and ninth most shutouts (77). He is a three-time Vezina Trophy finalist and won two Olympic gold medals during his career.
Luongo also holds Panthers’ records for games played, wins, shutouts and saves as well as several single-season distinctions.
“Roberto’s career accolades speak for themselves, but furthermore, his professionalism and dedication to his community are qualities we strive to emulate in Springfield,” Thunderbirds president Nathan Costa said. “We could not be more honored to welcome him to Springfield and celebrate his Hall of Fame career.”
Luongo’s meet-and-greet will go from 6:00 p.m. to 6:55 p.m. Fans may take a photo with Luongo on a first-come, first-served basis. There will not be autographs. Puck drop will take place at 7:05 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at www.SpringfieldThunderbirds.com.