Florida Panthers General Manager Tom Rowe announced that the Panthers have hired Leo Luongo as the goaltending coach for the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds.
The 31-year old Luongo has served as goaltending coach for the HC Lugano organization of the Swiss National League A for the last three seasons (2013-16). During his time in Switzerland, Luongo also served as a video/goaltending coach in the Spengler Cup tournament for Lugano (2015) and Team Canada (2013, 2014).
Previously, the Montreal, Quebec native served as a goaltending consultant & instructor for Hockey Canada (2009-11), goaltending coach for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (2007-13) and a voluntary goaltending coach for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch (2012-13).
He is the younger brother of Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo.