Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made a funny (and incendiary) tweet ahead of the 2017 NHL Winter Classic on Monday. But we’ll provide some context first.
If you remember the 2014 NHL Heritage Classic between the Vancouver Canucks and Ottawa Senators, you likely only remember it for the goalie controversy out of Vancouver. This was Luongo’s final year with the Canucks, and coach John Tortorella had split time in net with Luongo and Eddie Lack.
And when the outdoor Heritage Classic game came around, Lack got the start. And Luongo was furious. From the Toronto Sun:
“Louie’s pissed,” Vancouver head coach John Tortorella revealed after his team’s 4-2 loss. “He’s not happy. He’s proud. I get that.”
Fans also voiced their displeasure at seeing the No. 1 goalie on the bench. Cries of “Luuuuu!” echoed inside BC Place when Lack was introduced as the starter and throughout the game.
Flash-forward to Monday. The Winter Classic in St. Louis might get delayed due to rain. And here comes Luongo with a fire tweet wrapped in shade.
Man it would suck if these guys waited their whole lives to play in an outdoor game and then couldn't to due to unforeseen circumstances— Strombone (@strombone1) January 2, 2017
Somewhere, John Tortorella just felt a disturbance.