Luongo named to IIHF Decade First All-Star Team


In order to acknowledge as many worthy names as possible, it seems fair to pick a First All-Star Team and a Second All-Star Team for 2000-09. What goes into cracking these teams? A combination of actual selections to past tournament all-star teams or Best Player/MVP status, individual feats, team accomplishments, and some longevity. One marvelous tournament, as a rule, is not enough to justify a all-star team selection for a decade. And performances in the NHL, Olympics, and other leagues and competitions don't count here. Forwards have been selected without regard to position. FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM Goalie: Roberto Luongo, CAN It would have been a lot easier to pick a First All-Star Team goalie back in the 1970's and early 80's when you could usually pencil in Vladislav Tretiak. That said, Luongo stepped up in enough key situations at World Championships to justify choosing him over the likes of Henrik Lundqvist, Tomas Vokoun, and Milan Hnilicka. A four-time participant, the Montreal native was part of two golden squads and one silver team. In 2003, he mostly backed up Sean Burke, but a semi-final injury to the older veteran forced Luongo to step in. The future 2010 Olympic champion outduelled Mikael Tellqvist in the gold medal game, decided by Anson Carter's dramatic, video-reviewed OT goal. Luongo carried Canada to gold again in 2004 as the starter, and did his duty as a backup to Martin Brodeur in 2005, posting a 1.50 GAA in two games.