Roberto Luongo announces retirement

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo stops the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins, Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers won 3-2. Luongo played in his 1,000th career NHL game. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers goalie has announced his retirement.

In a letter to fans, the 40-year-old wrote “This is one of the toughest decisions I’ve faced in my life and it took me a long time to make it.”

Panthers Owner Vincent Viola commented, “On behalf of the entire Florida Panthers organization, I want to thank Roberto for his unmatched level of commitment to our franchise and our community.”

He came to the Panthers in 2000 before being traded to Vancouver in 2005.  He would return in 2014 to finish out his career.

Luongo’s career highlights include being a 5-time All-Star, second in NHL history in games played at his position, third in wins, and ninth in shutouts.