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Luongo honored with Mark Messier award

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NEW YORK -- Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo was
named the winner of the Mark Messier Leadership Award on Wednesday.

The award, given for leadership skills on and off the ice, was
presented to Luongo before Wednesday night's home game
against Nashville.

"Giving back to the community is something that I really pride
myself in," Luongo said. "The impact that we as professional
hockey players can have when visiting a sick child or signing an
autograph is significant and seeing a person's reaction, knowing
that we have made a difference, is the best reward that we can
get."

Luongo earned his league-leading 43rd win of the season as the
Canucks shut out the Predators 2-0 on Wednesday.

Luongo has a 43-20-5 record with four shutouts and a 2.27
goals-against average.