Roberto Luongo is finally a Stanley Cup champion

It’s no surprise that Roberto Luongo has fun with the Stanley Cup.

After 19 seasons in a Hall of Fame career that saw him fall short of this most cherished award, Luongo officially became a Stanley Cup champion Monday night when the Panthers won Game 7 of the finals against the Edmonton Oilers.

He threw that cup in the air as if he had been waiting for it all his life.

What he had been.

“It felt like he weighed two pounds,” Luongo said with a grin. “It wasn’t hard at all. If I could, I would lift him all night.”

Luongo has been part of the team’s front office ever since Dale Tallon brought him in not long after his retirement in 2019.

He is currently an advisor to Bill Zito and directs Florida’s goaltending department.

On Wednesday night, he and Zito took the Stanley Cup out to dinner and shared it with patrons of Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, not far from the team’s new practice facility in Holiday Park.

Not only did the cup serve a pizza, but Luongo also made sure to eat some pasta from it as well.

Earlier in the day, he was photographed with the Cup at the IcePlex, where we assume he was preparing for the NHL Draft.

Or play Minesweeper. Or tweet.

Luongo is certainly living the good life with his Panthers these days.

Before Game 7, the Panthers had him put a sweater over his shirt and tie and hit a bass drum to get the building going.

Luongo looked ready for anything with that hammer in his hand.

After the Panthers lost three straight games in the finals, he was wired.

“I had a lot of pent-up emotions this past week,” Luongo said “I had a lot of emotions that I had to express. The closest thing I can compare it to, the joy and the weight being lifted off your shoulders, would be the 2010 Gold Medal Game. You’re happy to win, but it’s as much a relief as anything.

Luongo, of course, was on the wrong end of a Game 7 as a player.

In 2011, the Boston Bruins defeated Luongo and the Canucks in Vancouver to win the Cup.

On Monday night, Luongo was on the ice in Sunrise to celebrate this victory in Florida with two members of the 2011 Bruins in Shawn Thornton And Gregory Campbell.

“It’s pretty amazing,” Luongo said. “Man, what a crazy few weeks. We have so much confidence in this group. Even though it didn’t look that great, we knew they were going to give us their best game tonight. They executed the plan down to the last detail.

“Going into the third with a 2-1 lead, I felt pretty good about it. You never know with McDavid and Draisaitl on the other side, but our guys looked like they were called tonight.

For more FHN coverage of the Stanley Cup Champion Florida Panthers:

  • Stanley Cup Championship Parade, Fort Lauderdale: Sunday, 11am
  • NHL Draft, Las Vegas: Friday Saturday
  • NHL Free Agency: Monday
  • Florida Panthers Development Camp, Fort Lauderdale: Start of July
  • Florida Panthers Training Camp, Fort Lauderdale: Mid-September
  • Florida Panthers Preseason: September 22-October 5
  • Florida Panthers Opening Night/Banner Reveal: TBA

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