Panthers to retire Luongo’s number this season

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The Florida Panthers have been in the NHL since 1993, but up until this point the organization hasn’t had a player with a number worth retiring. Until now that is.

On Monday, the team announced that they were going to retire Roberto Luongo’s number one before a game against his hometown team, the Montreal Canadiens. The ceremony will take place on Mar. 7.

“Roberto is a cornerstone of Panthers history and an icon of the game,” Panthers Owner & Governor Vincent J. Viola said in a release. “He has represented himself and the Panthers with tremendous dignity, determination and a standard of excellence throughout his career. Roberto exemplifies what it means to be a Florida Panther. His level of commitment to this franchise, his teammates, his family and the South Florida community is second to none. There is no player more deserving to be the first Florida Panther to have his jersey number retired.”

Luongo played in 572 games during two different stints with the Panthers. He had a 230-241-73 record with a 2.61 goals-against-average and a .919 save percentage during his 11 season with Florida.

“I want to thank the entire Panthers organization for this incredible recognition,” said Luongo. “It’s quite an honor to be the first player to have his number retired by the Panthers. I’m truly looking forward to sharing this special night with my friends, family, teammates and the Panthers fans.”

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.