Roberto Luongo rarely has a bad game, and his consistently high level of play has earned him the title of 2007 goalie of the year from Goalies’ World magazine.
The Vancouver Canucks star edged Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. The two other finalists were Sean-Sebastien Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks and Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils.
Performances from Jan. 1 through Dec. 3 were weighed by the magazine’s staff.
“Roberto Luongo has been the most consistent goalie throughout the calendar year,” states the magazine.
Gilles Moffet is the editor of the Quebec-based publication.
To win the award, a goalie has to excel in all three segments of 2007: the second part of the 2006-2007 regular season, the 2007 playoffs and the first part of the 2007-2008 season.
“During that stretch, Luongo played 75 games and maintained a .930 save percentage and 2.07 GAA. He had 57 hot games, 13 average and five bad ones. He also stole nine wins,” the magazine said.
Only three other goals played more than 70 games in 2007. Brodeur and Lundqvist were in 76 each and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller played 72. The only goalies besides Luongo with more than 40 hot games were Miller with 44 and Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks with 43.
Dwayne Roloson of the Edmonton Oilers was the 2006 goalie of the year as determined by the publication.