The city of Vancouver collectively shat itself last night as it was announced that Roberto Luongo would get the start for Team Canada in the qualification round for their first game Tuesday night. Some pretty interesting things come to mind in the midst of this goalie change though. The first thing you'll probably read about all day is how the last time Canada changed goalies, it was from Curtis Joseph to Martin Brodeur at the 2002 Olympics, and it will be pointed out over and over again that Canada went on to win gold in that tournament. There's something a lot of people forget about that year though.
Tommy Salo (the goalie for the Oilers at that time) let in a brutal goal to allow Belarus to advance to the next round instead of them. Belarus is not Sweden. Please do not make that mistake. Belarus is absolutely not what you would call a power-house. Canada got to play Belarus in a medal round which will probably never ever happen again. So before you go saying how the past could be good for Canada, just take a second to dive a little deeper.
Let's not forget about the last time that Roberto Luongo faced adversity either. In Game Six of the Western Conference Semi-Finals last year against the Chicago Blackhawks, down three games to two, Bobby Lou needed to play what many people were ready to call the most important game of his life. But hell, he can explain what happened better than I can.
Leading to one of my favorite nicknames of all time, 7uongo
Being a Flames fan it's not easy to cheer for Luongo to have any success at all. However, if it means having a chance at a medal in men's hockey, I'll swallow my pride and root for him and the rest of Team Canada. Who knows, it could be fun to scream "LOUUU" at the TV for once.
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