I find ice hockey fun. Trying to put the puck in the other team’s net while trying to stop them from scoring on you. I am a big fan of Roberto Luongo and hope that he helps Canada win the gold medal this year.
Roberto is currently a goaltender with the Vancouver Canucks, a team in the National Hockey League(NHL).He is thirty years old and was born on April 4 in1979. He grew up in the city of St.Leonard, Quebec and he speaks three languages: English,French and Italian. He is a big man, weighing 206 pounds and stands six foot three inches in height.
During his NHL career, he has played for the New York Islanders and the Florida Panthers,before joining the Canucks. With Vancouver, he wears the number one on his jersey and is unique among goaltenders, being one of the few who have ever been chosen as team captain.
Roberto has played in many international hockey tournaments. He has played for the Canadian Junior Team on four occasions and his team won one silver medal and two gold medals during these competitions. He also has previous Olympic experience. He played in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. He has been selected to play for Canada at this year’s Olympic Games in Vancouver. Roberto will share goaltending duties with Martin Brodeur and Marc-Andre Fleury.
Modern ice hockey is played by two teams that compete against each other on a large ice-covered surface. Each player wears skates,protective gear, and an L-shaped stick. A team normally has six players involved in the game at one time:three forwards, two defence men,and one goaltender. It is a very physical sport and injuries frequently occur.
The first time ice hockey was introduced as an Olympic sport was in during the 1920 Summer Olympic games in Antwerp,Belgium. It became a permanent part of the Winter Olympics four years later when the games were held in Haute-Savoie, France.
by: G.C., 10 yrs. old