Friday January 9th, 2015

For the first time since his March 2014 trade to the Florida Panthers, Roberto Luongo returned to Vancouver on Thursday night.

The Canucks played this video to honor Luongo and his achievements with the team:

Luongo played eight seasons with the Canucks, finishing his tenure as their franchise leader in wins and shutouts.

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Drafted by the New York Islanders with the No. 4 pick in 1997, Luongo was traded to the Panthers for Olli Jokinen, Mark Parrish and Oleg Kvashain on June 24, 2000. After five seasons in Florida, Luongo was traded to Vancouver for what essentially amounted to a bag of pucks.

Luongo reportedly asked for a trade in 2013 but ended up as the starting goaltender for the Canucks after Cory Schneider was traded to the New Jersey Devils.

Luongo was then traded to the Panthers last March for Jacob Markstrom and Shawn Matthias.

Katie Brown

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