September 2, 2009 / 5:16 PM / in 8 years

Vancouver's Luongo gets 12-year contract extension

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - The Vancouver Canucks have signed All-Star goaltender and team captain Roberto Luongo to a 12-year contract extension that is likely to keep him with the club for the rest of his career.

<p>Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo makes a save on the Chicago Blackhawks during the third period in Game 4 of their NHL Western conference semi-final game in Chicago May 7, 2009. REUTERS/Frank Polich</p>

The 30-year-old’s current four-year contract was due to expire at the end of the upcoming season and the new deal will keep him with the club through the 2021-2022 season.

“I love playing in a passionate hockey city like Vancouver and along with my team mates I am committed to doing everything I can to help make this a championship team,” Luongo, considered key to the club’s hopes of winning its first Stanley Cup championship, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team but media reports had earlier put the expected price tag at $64 million.

Luongo, from Montreal, is expected to play on Canada’s men’s ice hockey team when it competes in the 2010 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Vancouver using the arena where the Canucks play their home games.

Luongo posted a 33-13-7 record last season in which he missed several games with an injury but also posted a team record of nine shutouts. Vancouver made the playoffs but fell in the second round.

Reporting by Allan Dowd; Editing by Sonia Oxley

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