I have no idea what spine means, but this is what the article said.
The NHL rulebook prevents Roberto Luongo from wearing 'C' and fulfilling the on-ice duties of a captain. but that didn't stop the Vancouver Canucks from making him their offical leader this season.
By their nature, elite goaltenders are among the leaders on any team, but Luongo had embraced his role as captain of the Canucks and takes his duties quite seriously.
Much of Luongo's leadership comes from his play on the ice and his ability to carry his team , but it also has something to do with a superstitious nature that doesn't allow him to miss a single workout, even an optional one.
Some might think a No. 1 goalie who plays the Vast majority of his team's games when he's healthy might have enough to worry about already, but it hasn't apppeared to affect Luongo.
"He practices longer and harder than just about anyone I've seen," said Rogers Sportsnet analyst John Garrett. "He's at every optional practice. There are days when the five guys who never play are out there and they're shooting on Luongo. There are times at home when he's out 45 minutes ahead of everybody else."
If you can't get Luongo...take Marty Turco.
Last edited by scoringmachine: 03-01-2009 at 10:35 AM.
I got the Hockey News for Christmas and it is a good issue. Just wish they could somwhow have a category of goalies who best challenge the shooter... think Kipper would be at or near the top of that along with Bobby Lu.