01/08/2015 11:00 EST | Updated 03/10/2015 05:59 EDT

Canucks honour Roberto Luongo in Vancouver return

The Vancouver Canucks paid a special tribute to Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo Thursday night at Rogers Arena during a first-period timeout.

Luongo spent eight seasons with the Canucks before last season’s trade that sent the veteran netminder to Florida.

The video tribute showed some highlights of Luongo with Vancouver, including the series-clinching game that propelled the Canucks to the Stanley Cup final in 2011.

An emotional Luongo headed straight to the bench, didn’t watch the tribute, but waved to the crowd after skating back to the Panthers' net. The veteran netminder also received a standing ovation. He was also cheered on by his former teammates at the Vancouver bench.

Luongo is making his first visit to Rogers Arena since the trade. He was the first player on the ice for either team prior to puck drop.

Luongo spent a few days in Vancouver before Thursday night’s contest, fulfilling media requests and visiting with former teammates.

Through his eight seasons with the Canucks, Luongo left a lasting legacy for the city of Vancouver — mostly good, but some bad. 

The veteran netminder is the Canucks’ all-time leader in wins and shutouts.

For a look back at the ups and downs of Bobby Lou's time in Vancouver, click here.