When his Twitter game is running red hot, there’s certainly no mistaking Roberto Luongo. The veteran Florida Panthers goaltender has built a reputation for dropping comedy gems online at the most opportune moments.
However, during Friday night’s NHL Draft, fans could be forgiven for confusing one of the class of 2017 for, well, Luongo’s former teammate in Vancouver, Cory Schneider.
With the 10th overall pick, the Panthers selected winger Owen Tippett, and as the 18-year-old took the stage to receive his new colours, his neatly groomed bright red hair sent Luongo into nostalgia mode.
Man this panther draft pick is hitting a little too close to home ???? pic.twitter.com/zjsVPWGuuv
— Strombone (@strombone1) June 24, 2017
He tweeted a picture of a youthful Schneider alongside his doppelganger Tippett, who scored 44 goals and 75 points in 60 games with the Mississauga Steelheads this season.
Back in 2011, Luongo and Schneider combined in the Canucks net to win the William M. Jennings Trophy with a league-low 2.20 goals-against average.
But each was too good to compete with the other for a starting spot. Luongo stayed and Schneider was eventually traded to the Devils.
Now in Florida, preparing to welcome new teammate Tippett, the 38-year-old’s memory is as strong as ever.