Olympic goalie Roberto Luongo and the rest of Team Canada won the gold medal in men’s hockey! Check out his favourite places in Vancouver:
Sport: Men’s Ice Hockey
Home Turf: Vancouver, B.C.
How long have you been playing hockey?
“In the NHL for 10 years, in general, about 23 years.”
If you weren’t a hockey player, what would you be doing?
“That’s a good question because growing up, that’s all I wanted to do. As a kid, nothing else interested me. But if I had to decide now, I’d probably try to become a professional poker player.”
Who’s your hockey hero?
“As a kid, it was Grant Fuhr.”
Do you have a favourite Olympic moment?
“There are a few, but probably the one I remember the most is when Myriam Bédard won her gold medals in Biathlon. She was from Quebéc and at home it was a big thing, a historic moment for Quebéc.”
Other than hockey, what Olympic events are you most excited to watch?
“They’re all exciting. I enjoy every sport because it’s the world’s best athletes competing against each other, but if I had to pick I’d say speed skating.”
Hockey’s a fast game. What’s your favourite way to slow down in Vancouver?
“I like to take a ride through Stanley Park [in his Mercedes G-Wagon]; maybe stop in at the Prospect Point Cafe.”
Where are you going for your next vacation?
“Usually we like to go to Hawaii from Vancouver, but this summer we’re intending to go to Atlantis in the Bahamas.”
Where was your last vacation?
“Hawaii. You feel like you’re in paradise when you’re there. There’s the ocean, the weather’s great. It’s tranquil, and you can relax and you don’t have anything to worry about.”
What do you miss most about Montréal?
“I miss my friends and my family the most. But as for the city, I’d say I miss going to the Old Port. It’s a quaint area, lots of little shops and restaurants and entertainment. Pretty much anything you need is down there in an old setting from back in the day. It’s pretty cool.”
You spent a long time in Miami playing for the Florida Panthers. What do you miss most about the city?
“The weather, the warm climate. Miami’s very laid back; it’s a nice place to relax and enjoy during the off-season.”
What’s always in your carry-on?
“My laptop, a MacBook Pro.”
iPhone or BlackBerry?
“iPhone. There’s more things you can do on the iPhone and you can download games on it, like Bejeweled.”
What’s on your playlist on the road?
“I use my iPhone. I love all different kinds of music, but my favourite bands are U2 and Coldplay.”
Roberto Luongo’s Picks
“Provence, in Yaletown. They have a great French toast made from a baguette.”
“Cioppino’s. It’s an Italian restaurant and the whole menu is excellent, but my favourite dish is the linguini with lobster.”
“AFTERglow at Glowbal. It’s a good atmosphere and you can have some privacy even though you’re out in public.”
Best Place to Splurge
“The Four Seasons in Whistler.”
Best People Watching
“People are usually watching me, but I’d have to say the seawall in Stanley Park.”
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