This week saw the end of an era. After an incredible run in Vancouver, creating memories that would last a lifetime, and staking a claim to the ring of honour, at the very least; after a big-time trade that saw the Canucks bid farewell to a power forward in the prime of his career to bring in an player that signalled the beginning of a new era, the Canucks officially closed the book on that era Wednesday when they parted with Raphael Diaz.
It’s tough to fully comprehend.
Also Roberto Luongo was traded. People are feeling pretty emotional about it.
It’s amazing to think that, not that long ago, the fanbase wanted him gone. (Remember this sign? Remember this window display?) But things have changed since then. Luongo got good at Twitter, the Canucks got bad at hockey, and suddenly, the paradigm shifted. Now he’s in Florida, and he’ll be missed.
We paid our tribute to Luongo with the Elton John-inspired “Goalie in the Wind“, but we were hardly the only ones. Let’s take a look at a few of the other fan tributes that hit Youtube in the wake of the Roberto Luongo trade.
Don Falconer leads us off, with an acoustic parody of the Rolling Stones’ Ruby Tuesday. Here’s the very touching “Bobby Lu Day”.
No one knows… where Luongo’s… Awesome.
Next up: Clay Imoo and Marie Hui. You probably could have predicted that this prolific duo was going to whip something together for this occasion, and they didn’t disappoint, with this Boyz II Men-inspired jam.
Meanwhile, over at TSN, Lester McLean sang the trade deadline, including this song about the Roberto Luongo trade:
Tanbir Rana, pump-up videomaker extraordinaire, puts together this excellent tribute to Luongo, backed by Puff Daddy’s “I’ll be Missing You”:
Finally, let’s all watch “Fix You”, the amazing Roberto Luongo tribute by Samir Javer that was put together for Luongo’s trade last year and almost went to waste. Fortunately, it got a release in the summer, but it seems more pertinent now than ever.
And with that, we are all Knowshon Moreno: