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Roberto Luongo calls it quits after 19 NHL seasons

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One of the best goaltenders in NHL history has decided to retire.

Veteran netminder Roberto Luongo announced Wednesday that he is riding off into the sunset and calling it quits after 19 seasons in the NHL.

“This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve faced in my life and it took me a long time to make it,” Luongo wrote in an announcement via Twitter.

“After thinking about it a lot over the past two months and listening to my body, I made up my mind. It just feels like the right time for me to step away from the game. I love the game so much, but the commitment I required to prepare, to keep my body ready, has become overwhelming.”

The 40-year old, who was selected 4th overall in the 1997 NHL Draft, compiled a 489-392-24 record, 2.52 goals against average and a .919 save percentage over a span of 1,044 regular season games and 70 playoff games split between the Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks.

The six-timeAll-Star and recipient of the 2011 William M. Jennings Trophy holds plenty of Panthers and Canucks franchise records, and holds NHL records for most saves in a single season (2303 in 2003/04), most shots faced in a single season (2488 in 2005/06), most home games played in a single season (41 in 2006/07) and most regular season overtime wins, all-time with 49.

He ranks fourth all-time among goalies in wins, and third in games played.

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Bruins to retire Willie O’Ree’s number 22 this season

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The Boston Bruins are set to honor the NHL’s first black player in a big way.

The team announced they are retiring Willie O’Ree’s number 22 and hanging it up in the rafters at TD Garden during a ceremony prior to their game against the New Jersey Devils on February 18.

The 85-year old, who made his NHL debut for the Bruins back in 1958, has already been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame under the builder category.

He ended his brief NHL career with four goals and 10 assists in 45 combined games. He also enjoyed a lengthy career in the WHL with the Los Angeles Blades and San Diego Gulls in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

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Blues officially ink Mike Hoffman to one-year deal

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The St. Louis Blues made it official on Monday.

The team announced that they have signed veteran forward Mike Hoffman to a one-year, $4 million contract. The news comes shortly after he agreed to a professional tryout with the club back on December 27th.

The 31-year old, who has nine seasons of NHL experience under his belt, had spent the past two campaigns with the Florida Panthers and put up solid numbers in that span. In 2019/2020, Hoffman recorded 29 goals and 30 assists in 69 games. The previous season he posted a career-best 36 goals in 82 games.

With that offensive firepower, it was really surprising that it took a team as long as it did to sign the veteran forward. He essentially replaces Vladimir Tarasenko in the Blues’ lineup, who will be out for an indefinite period of time as he recovers from shoulder surgery.

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Henrik Lundqvist says he is doing well in his recovery from open heart surgery

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Washington Capitals netminder Henrik Lundqvist provided his first update on social media since undergoing open heart surgery.

He took to Twitter on Friday to let his fans know the surgery for an “aortic valve replacement, aortic root and ascending aortic replacement” was successful, and he is in good spirits during his recovery process.

“Day 3. Surgery went really well,” said Lundqvist on his personal Twitter account.

“About five hours to get it all taken care of. Really appreciate the great staff here at the Cleveland Clinic. Last few days has been pretty crazy but feel like I’m in really good hands. Every day is a step in the right direction.”

The 38-year old, who has likely played his last NHL game, finished his caeer (all with the New York Rangers) with a 459-310-96 record, 2.43 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 64 shutouts in 887 career games.

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