Roberto Luongo will be the first player in Florida Panthers history to have his number retired during a ceremony next March.

The Panthers announced Monday that they will honour Luongo on March 7, 2020 against the Montreal Canadiens.

Luongo, 40, retired in June after 19 NHL seasons spent with the Panthers, Vancouver Canucks and New York Islanders.

Florida owner Vincent J. Viola said Luongo is a hockey icon and cornerstone of the Panthers franchise.

“He has represented himself and the Panthers with tremendous dignity, determination and a standard of excellence throughout his career,” Viola said in a statement.

“Roberto exemplifies what it means to be a Florida Panther. His level of commitment to this franchise, his teammates, his family and the South Florida community is second to none. There is no player more deserving to be the first Florida Panther to have his jersey number retired.”

Luongo, a Montreal native, ranks second in NHL history in games played by a goaltender (1,044), third in wins (489) and ninth in shutouts (77).