Florida continued to overhaul its hockey operations on Tuesday, but with a twist — Leo Luongo, the younger brother of starting goalie Roberto Luongo, has been hired as the club’s goalie coach for AHL Springfield.
The 31-year old Luongo has served as goaltending coach for the HC Lugano organization of the Swiss National League A for the last three seasons (2013-16). During his time in Switzerland, Luongo also served as a video/goaltending coach in the Spengler Cup tournament for Lugano (2015) and Team Canada (2013, 2014).
Previously, the Montreal, Quebec native served as a goaltending consultant & instructor for Hockey Canada (2009-11), goaltending coach for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (2007-13) and a voluntary goaltending coach for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch (2012-13).
As mentioned above, this is just the latest change for the Panthers. To recap:
— Fired assistant coach John Madden, replaced him with Dave Barr.
— Promoted Dale Tallon to president of hockey ops, named Tom Rowe assistant GM, named Eric Joyce and Steve Werier assistant GMs.
— Promoted longtime scout Peter Mahovlich to a special advisor to ownership role.
— Fired Scott Luce, the club’s director of player personnel, then named Jason Bukala co-director of amateur scouting and Al Tuer head pro scout.