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Luongo shedding youth label

Updated: March 24, 2004, 2:15 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

Last season had just come to a close and Florida Panthers goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk had his speech all prepared for his young charge.

It was time, he was set to tell Roberto Luongo, to stop being the NHL's best "young" goaltender, the best "young" goaltending prospect, the "future" of his position. It was time simply to be the best.

But as the two gathered it was Luongo who spoke up first, insisting he was sick of the youth label, that he felt it was time to shed the qualifier ...

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