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Luongo on being a backup: “I’ve put my ego aside”

Jan 27, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

Roberto Luongo AP

It would be really easy for Roberto Luongo to get upset about his situation in Vancouver. After all, we’re used to seeing star athletes throwing a fit to get what they want and Luongo could’ve done just that to ensure his starting job or to be traded.

Instead, he’s being the ultimate pro about being a backup goalie to Cory Schneider. As Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province hears it, Lu is being the grownup in the situation.

“Of course, but I’ve put my ego aside here and I’m trying to work hard and do my best and be ready,” he’s said. “We all know, and it goes without saying, that both Cory and I want to play. We’re competitors but I’m not going to put myself ahead of the team.”

This kind of professional attitude on top of becoming a Twitter superstar have helped alter Luongo’s image in Vancouver. Instead of being nearly run out of town on a rail, he’s a sympathetic figure. After how past playoff runs have ended, who would’ve expected that to happen?

  1. nobandwagoners - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Luongo has always been a consummate professional while in Vancouver. Whenever he’s strayed from giving a rote answer, and actually answered with some honesty or humour, the rabid and over-reactive local (and nationa) media has jumped all over it and misconstrued his comments as either throwing teammates under the bus (even if deserved), whining or poor sportsmanship. His treatment by local fans and the media has been pretty atrocious. Now that those haters have gotten their wish with the whole goalie controversy and will see Lu run out of town, only now have they taken to view Lu in a different light. Pathetic, IMO.

    Good luck to Luongo wherever he eventually ends up – some team will end up with a quality goaltender with a wicked sense of humour that at least his teammates and maybe Twitter followers will get to see.

  2. ktboston - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    He can pump schnieders tires.

    • elvispocomo - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Stay classy Boston.

  3. blackhawks2010 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Please start Loungo on Friday….

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