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Did You Know? Roberto Luongo is a dual record-holder

Jan 24, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

The “Did You Know?” series ties in the news of the day with some little-known hockey factoids and/or trivia. It’ll be fun. Trust me.

On Saturday, Roberto Luongo backstopped Vancouver to a 4-3 win over San Jose. It was his 19th win of the year and 212th in a Canucks uniform, moving him past Kirk McLean for the all-time franchise record.

Obtaining the record was nice, though not especially extraordinary. Luongo passed the likes of Richard Brodeur, Dan Cloutier and Gary “Suitcase” Smith en route to the honor — let’s just say goaltending hasn’t traditionally been Vancouver’s strong suit.

But there was an impressive feat in all of this. By claiming the Canucks record, Luongo became the all-time wins leader for two NHL franchises — Vancouver and Florida. He won 108 games as a Panther from 2000-06 and is the only goaltender to hold career wins records for two current teams.

More, from the Elias Sports Bureau:

One netminder was the wins leader for two defunct NHL franchises: Roy Worters, with the Pittsburgh Pirates (later the Philadelphia Quakers) and New York Americans. Worters, who is the shortest player in NHL history, at 5’3″, was known as “Shrimp”.


Luongo could hold both records for a very long time. His most recent challenger in Florida, Tomas Vokoun, came close to eclipsing the mark (101 wins), but was cut loose this offseason and is now in Washington.

[Side note: Had Vokoun moved atop the Florida list, he would’ve been mentioned in the same sentence as Shrimp Worters, because Vokoun still holds Nashville’s all-time wins record, with 161.]

The three current Panthers netminders — Scott Clemmensen, Jose Theodore and Jacob Markstrom — have a long way to go. Clemmensen leads with 23 wins, Theodore has 14 and Markstrom (supposedly the goalie of the future) has just two.

Luongo has an even tighter grip on the Vancouver record. The only possible challenger at the moment is Cory Schneider, and he’s 184 wins back.

Other goalies of note

Nikolai Khabibulin is first all-time for the Lightning, third for the Coyotes, ninth for the Blackhawks and 10th for the Oilers.

— Dallas’ Kari Lehtonen is the career wins leader for the Atlanta Thrashers (94) and fourth on the all-time Stars list. (That said, he’s still 206 wins shy of Ed Belfour.)

Steve Mason is two wins away from becoming Columbus’ all-time wins leader, which pretty much says everything about Columbus.

  1. drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    And a no-Cup holder. I suspect he’s even taken them out of his Lexus.

    • haterzgonahate - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      just like when you play hockey .. no cup. why protect what isn’t there?

      • drewsylvania - Jan 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

        Whee, an immature tool. Congrats.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 24, 2012 at 9:10 PM

        Says the guy who starts the comments section with a remark about “no-Cup holders” – have you ever tried saying nothing at all when you have nothing good to say?

        It’s a fairly good accomplishment, and a reminder he can actually play hockey (and pretty well at that). His career stats reflect that and he’s not so far behind other goalies that someone can say he’s no good because he hasn’t won the Stanley Cup.

  2. blomfeld - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    An over-rated tire pumper ?

    Sorry there Elvis, but Luongo is “not” the goalie which they’ve been telling us here in Vancouver for the past five years (ie: greatest goalie on the planet, human equivalent of the Hoover Dam, greatest franchise player ever, etc). He is as you accurately state, just a “fairly good” netminder … nothing more and nothing less. In fact, I have far greater respect for the likes of this “Shrimp” character and his ilk, as back in their day they had to rely completely on skill, reflexes and bravery to make their mark. Today however, Luongo and his peers are essentially nothing more than “Michelin” men who simply use their “massive” equipment to negate any chance of scoring, 99 times out of a 100. They have the laws of physics completely on their side with their ridiculously “over-sized” costumes and padding. So someone like Luongo can go around and brag about his accomplishment, but he doesn’t fool any of us who’ve been watching the game longer than he’s been alive ! :)

  3. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM

    finally a different topic other than a bruin being suspended or crying about stupid shit..

  4. drewsylvania - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    You guys have no sense of humor.

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