The last time a goaltender was named captain of his team was during the 1947-48 NHL season, with Bill Durnan playing for the Montreal Canadiens.
Today, a new part of history is written as the Vancouver Canucks finally named their new captain: goaltender Roberto Luongo.
"We have quite a few guys who have these characteristics to a certain degree, but we have one individual who has these characteristics to a very high degree; and that's Roberto," said Head Coach Alain Vigneault during an interview featured on the Canucks' website.
His alternate Captains will be Willie Mitchell, Mattias Ohlund, and Ryan Kesler. According to TSN, Mitchell will take on the dealing-with-the-referees responsibility.
"I am ready for that responsibility," says the new captain.
Luongo was traded to the Canucks by the Florida Panthers in 2006 and signed a $27 million, four-year deal with the team.
At his first season as a Canuck, he appeared as the starting goaltender at the 2007 All-Star Game, brought the team to the Northwest Division title, and made the series for the first time in his NHL career.
Roberto Luongo will succeed Markus Naslund, who signed with the New York Rangers during the offseason.
So here's to Roberto Luongo, his leadership, and the Vancouver Canucks!
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