The very notion of trading Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo once seemed unthinkable.
But somewhere along the way to setting single-season and franchise records in wins and shutouts, winning more playoff games than every other Canucks goaltender except for Kirk McLean, and taking the team as close to winning its first ever Stanley Cup as anyone else has, something went wrong.
Sometime during his 6 seasons in Vancouver, when he provided easily the best stretch of goaltending in this franchise’s woeful goaltending history, the fans who used to “Luuuuu” him turned to booing him.
In this e-book,“Luongo in Vancouver”, The Province gives a retrospective look at Luongo’s career as a Canuck. Featuring past articles written by beat writers, Jason Botchford, Ben Kuzma and Gordon McIntyre, and columnists, Ed Willes and Tony Gallagher, it takes Canucks fans back through the emotional roller coaster that is Luongo’s relationship with this city, and in doing so, also puts on the forefront his fiery competitiveness.
In Luongo’s turn from prized acquisition to trade bait, from goaltending savior to pariah, fans will see the same proud and emotional goaltender, one who approaches the game with the same desire to win, even as those same fans changed their feelings about him. They’ll see him relish in his success and wallow in his failures. They’ll see him eagerly accept the challenges of playing in a hockey-mad city – even accept the team’s captaincy – and bravely respond to his critics.
“Luongo in Vancouver” hits on several of Luongo’s many highlights – and lowlights – including the 2006 blockbuster trade that brought him to the Canucks during the NHL Draft weekend in Vancouver, his first taste of the NHL playoffs in his first season as a Canuck and missing it the season after, his unexpected start and stellar performance in backstopping Team Canada to the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics, his stumbles against the Chicago Blackhawks before finally beating them in 2011, his uneven performance in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals, and then finally relinquishing the starter’s role to Cory Schneider during the 2012 playoffs.
For Luongo, the e-book chronicles how he took the Canucks on his shoulders for 6 seasons before ultimately falling one win short of winning it all. For Canucks fans, it shows how they first welcomed the winningest goaltender in franchise history with excited and open arms before starting to abandon him in droves.
“Luongo in Vancouver” is available for purchase on Amazon.