Roberto Luongo - master of netminding, tweeter of thoughts.
Friday night, Luongo turned aside 24 shots for the Florida Panthers in a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres to surpass Curtis Joseph for sole possession fourth on the league's all-time win list.
Currently in his 18th NHL season, the native of Montreal, Que., was drafted fourth overall in the first round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders. Since that fateful day in Pittsburgh, he's since tended goal in 973 NHL games while posting a career 2.50 Sv% and a .919 GAA. He also totes 73 shutouts to rank 11th on the all-time list.
The four-time NHL All-Star has also been the recipient of the William M. Jennings Trophy, awarded for his standout 2010-11 season performance with the Vancouver Canucks – during which he posted a career-best 2.11 GAA. Along the way, Luongo has made jaw-dropping saves that have induced comparisons to some of the game's greatest – including his own Olympic teammate, Martin Brodeur.
That being said, while there are few who parallel Luongo's skill between the pipes, there are even fewer who can match his wit in 140 characters or less. The hockey community has been nothing short of blessed by tweets from @Strombone1 – his contributions to the Twitterverse have always been sharp, comical, and have taught us a lot about the 38-year-old.
Here's what we've learned though our favourite times he won on Twitter:
He knows he's not Martin Brodeur.
After doing the math.... If I play another 28 years I will still fall about 5-6 wins shy of tying Marty's record!— Strombone (@strombone1) January 10, 2017
He has A+ topical humour.
He recognizes his strengths.
NHL 3 stars of the week— Strombone (@strombone1) October 17, 2016
1) McDavid (2 goals 4 assists)
2) Matthews (4 goals in NHL debut)
3) Luongo (Funny Tweet)
It's never a bad time to talk about the way you feel #BellLetsTalk— Strombone (@strombone1) January 25, 2017
If anybody finds my jock kindly return it thanks https://t.co/6Rt9S2if4g— Strombone (@strombone1) November 30, 2016
He’s got a romantic side.
It's gonna be tuff for me not 2 watch G7 Warriors/Thunder Monday night but I need to stay true to my true passion in life #TheBachelorette— Strombone (@strombone1) May 29, 2016
He's embraced the role of a dedicated father.
Unreal father son bonding moment.... pic.twitter.com/Sb5zG6Ipay— Strombone (@strombone1) July 20, 2015
He’s an inspiration to his fans.
So I take it you didn't make it then? https://t.co/cnkbF5p5DI— Strombone (@strombone1) September 29, 2016
He’s very self aware.
I went 9 for 9 in the shootout tonight! Maybe it really is time to consider bigger nets..... #NHLAllStar— Strombone (@strombone1) January 31, 2016
You know the boys have confidence in your goaltending skills when 3 guys line up to block a shot.....🚨🥅🚨 pic.twitter.com/Q5QfxrDnsm— Strombone (@strombone1) September 18, 2017
He's good at math.
Me and Tom Brady have a combined 5 championships! #blessed— Strombone (@strombone1) February 6, 2017
And above all, he's a great sport.
Just answering some fan mail from a big fan...... pic.twitter.com/XHNVAUHuys— Strombone (@strombone1) August 14, 2015
Man even Bartman got a ring before I did smh https://t.co/qTQKGgU3H4— Strombone (@strombone1) July 31, 2017