Martin Brodeur. Patrick Roy. Roberto Luongo. That was the top of the NHL’s all-time wins list for goalies June 27 when Luongo announced his retirement at 40.
And he did so in the most Luongo way possible, tweeting, in parody of LeBron James, “I’ve decided to take my talents to a South Beach retirement home.”
It was a fitting farewell for someone who, despite a probable first-ballot Hall of Fame resume, will be remembered as much for his off-ice personality as for what he did on the ice. “I get called Strombone more than Roberto nowadays,” he said in a 2018 interview with The Hockey News. “It’s funny how things worked out.”
Who is Strombone, more accurately known as @strombone1? That exact question built the Twitter account’s mystique when it appeared on the hockey scene in July 2011. Fe...
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