A two-time Olympic gold medalist for his native Canada, Roberto Luongo retired in 2019 as one of the most decorated goalies in NHL history, finishing with 489 career victories, fourth-most behind only Martin Brodeur, Patrick Roy and Marc-Andre Fleury. Luongo, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this weekend alongside former teammates Daniel and Henrik Sedin, may not have looked it between the pipes, but underneath his cloak of poised confidence was a bundle of nerves. The former Canucks and Panthers netminder saw that anxiety manifest itself in frequent bathroom visits, emptying his bowels as many as six times before taking the ice.
“I used to take 5-6 poops a day,” said Luongo, describing the digestive hell he experienced on game day to Chris Cote and Roy Bellamy of The Dan Le Batard Show. “One in the morning when I got up, one when I got to the rink, one after the premeal, one after the meeting before the game. The last one was after warmups with all my gear on. I had to use the handicap stall.”
The whole ordeal sounds like a plumbing nightmare and, arguably, a missed opportunity for Luongo, who could have cashed in with lucrative endorsements, aligning himself with brands like Imodium and Charmin. Luongo’s method of eradicating his pregame jitters doesn’t sound particularly pleasant, or environmentally friendly, for that matter, but it seemed to work for him, recently becoming the first Panther to have his number retired.