Roberto Luongo, the Vancouver Canucks goalie under intense trade rumours, impressed hockey fans Saturday night with a CBC interview that was at turns thoughtful and hilarious — including calling sportscaster Scott Oake a term that sent everyone running to Google.
Luongo, who sat out the Canucks 5-1 win over the Calgary Flames, appeared on "After Hours" and made fun of himself as a backup goalie, elaborated on an embarrassing bathroom trip during the 2007 playoffs and all but confirmed he is behind the popular Twitter account @strombone1..
He also called Oake fish sperm.
Prodded by Twitter questions, Oake asked Luongo about the Shapy Awards, which were made up by a small group of Vancouver sports fans.
After Luongo explained that "shap" is a made-up term, he said: "There are a lot of terms I don't even get myself. For instance, the term milt. A few times I've heard people refer to you as a milt but I'll let you figure that one out on your own."
Luongo's self-deprecating attitude on the show got noticed by many people on Twitter.
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I feel like I just had multiple orgasms after that Luongo after hours segment
Oh my god, who else is watching after hours with Luongo?! I love this man, he's hilarious! Never change, Roberto!
Dan Russell CKNW
Luongo on After Hours just showed why he'd be a big loss to the community if he's traded. Thoughtful, funny, and compassionate.
Pass it to Bulis
Luongo on After Hours > Bieber on SNL
Luongo was great on After Hours. Funny and a professional. No matter what happens or where he goes, he's got my respect #Canucks
No joke. Luongo (@strombone1) on After Hours was the greatest 15 minutes in CBC history.
Wow! Watching Luongo on HNIC After Hours breeds a whole new level of respect for the guy. AMBASSADOR could well be his moniker.
Dan Russell CKNW
And luongo on after hours was awesome, he handled it all perfectly. His answers were great, and there was so much awkwardness. #loveeeit
Pass it to Bulis
Luongo: "They love their backups in Vancouver, so that's why I'm a fan favourite right now." #Canucks
Luongo talking about Milfs on after hours #uhhwhat #canucks @CBCAfterHours
Our guest on Aft Hrs tonight: Roberto Luongo. You may have heard of him. And Kevin Bieksa will be on to talk about mindcheck.ca. #Afterhours
Roberto Luongo is awesome. http://t.co/raWVYHcE
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Luongo hits it out of the park on After Hours and his boy Biebs is hosting SNL. Other than not playing, a perfect night for RL.
After hours is so dope. Luongo deserves so much credit for how he has handled situation #funnyguy #wellspoken #hnic @strombone1
@hockeynight luongo was the best after hours guest i've seen in some time #hnic
Luongo + Bieksa + After Hours = Perfection
@MarioMontega Luongo shapped on after hours, called Oake a milt
Luongo on After Hours was brilliant.
@strombone1. Fire Craig Simpson and hire Luongo for After Hours...won't even need to quote Twitter to keep us interested..just saying : )
Roberto Luongo on after hours was fantastic. What a genuine dude. It will be a sad day when he's gone @strombone1
Wow. "After Hours" with Luongo was just gold. "Gold, Jerry! Gold!"
This Roberto Luongo After Hours interview is EVERYTHING. The Canucks continue to make your faves irrelevant. Bye.
Hockey Night in Canada after hours is pretty cool. I just earned a lot of respect for Robert Luongo after that interview.
Luongo on After Hours is the best thing that's ever been on televison #canucks
After hours with luongo was better than the game
#Luongo just called Scott Oake a MILT on after hours #TotallyRedeemsHimself
Luongo killed it on after hours tonight!!!
Oake highlighted some of the funny Tweets sent by the @strombone1 account to which Luongo responded:
"You gotta be able to make fun of yourself in life. I don't want to take things too seriously. I want to keep them light-hearted. Life is very valuable and important. There's things more important to life than hockey. Sometimes you get caught up in that whole thing and we take it too seriously. We don't look at the bigger picture. I just want to keep it light and show people what type of person I am and that's the perfect way to do it."
Luongo also talked about a recent story where a Victoria nurse who is fighting cancer said she was inspired by the goalie's mental toughness in enduring criticism after the Canucks lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.
"It really touched me and after reading the letter and the story, I found she was more of an inspiration to me than I was to her," said Luongo.
Watch the full "After Hours" segment: