Roberto Luongo gives up Canucks captaincy
Published Monday, September 13, 2010 10:34AM PDT
Vancouver Canucks' goaltender Roberto Luongo will step down from his role as team captain.
Luongo offered no reason for his decision in a release from the team Monday, but said he's honoured to have served as captain for the past two seasons.
"Being captain in a Canadian city for a team with such passionate fans is a privilege and an experience I will always take pride in," he said.
"I will continue to be a leader on this team and support my teammates the same way I always have while focusing on our ultimate goal."
General Manager Mike Gillis, who has said in the past that being an NHL captain in a Canadian city can entail a lot of distractions, said he's confident Luongo will continue to contribute to the team's success.
"We respect and support his decision to relinquish the captaincy and are confident that he will continue to help lead our team through his tremendous character and work ethic both on and off of the ice," Gillis said.
Luongo, the first netminder in 60 years to be named an NHL captain, faced heavy criticism after the team's second round playoff exit against the Chicago Blackhawks, who went on to win the Stanley Cup.
The team has not announced who will take over captaincy of the team. It is expected a new captain will be named before the start of the regular season.