Top 10 Mats Sundin Moments

The 2012 Hockey Hall of Fame Induction class was one of the best yet. We saw Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Mats Sundin inducted in to the hall. In the GTA, the player that catches the attention of most is Mats Sundin. Arguably the best Toronto Maple Leaf of all time, Sundin leads the Leafs all-time in goals with 420 (564 career) , assists by a forward with 567 (785 career)  and points with 987 (1349 career). He was selected to the NHL All-Star game nine times from 1996 to 2004. He is one of three players to score 20 goals in each of his first 17 seasons.

 

I have compiled a list of Mats Sundin’s top 10 career moments:

 

10) June 17, 1989 – Sundin becomes the first European to be selected first overall at the NHL Entry Draft

Mats made NHL history back in 89′. He would forever change the NHL Entry draft when the Quebec Nordiques selected him first overall. Other European players who have gone first overall include Roman Hamrlik (1992), Patrik Stefan (1999), Alex Ovechkin (2004), and Nail Yakupov (2012).

9) June 28, 1994 – Sundin is traded to the Leafs along with Garth Butcher, Todd Warriner and a 1994 first round draft pick for Wendel Clark, Sylvain Lefebvre, Landon Wilson and a 1994 first round draft pick

The trade would prove to change the Leafs forever. They obtained their future captain who turned out to be one of the greatest players to ever dawn the blue and white.

 

Dan Rosen of NHL.com interviews Sundin about the trade:

 

8) 2006 Winter Olympics – Sundin captains the Swedes to a gold medal

The 2006 Turin Olympics marked the first and only Olympic gold medal Sundin has won. It was only Sweden’s second gold medal in Olympic men’s hockey history. Mats Sundin played a major role for Sweden compiling 8 points in 8 games.

7)  1997 - Named captain of the Leafs

After Doug Gilmour was traded to the New Jersey Devils midway through the 1996-97 NHL season, Mats Sundin was named the sixteenth captain in Leafs history. He was also the first European captain in team history.

6) October 11, 2007 All-time Leafs leader in goals and points

The goal didn’t look pretty, but Sundin became the all-time Leafs leader in goals in points against the New York Islanders.

5) February 11, 2012 - Number 13 raised to the rafters of the Air Canada Center

Sundin’s number 13 was raised to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre during a ceremony prior to a game against the Montreal Canadiens.

4) February 21, 2009 - Mats Sundin returns to Toronto with the Vancouver Canucks

Perhaps one of the most emotional moments in his career, Mats Sundin returned to the Air Canada Centre with the Canucks in 2009. Sundin was saluted with a video tribute and standing ovation during a break in the first period. The Canucks won 3-2, with Sundin scoring the shootout winner.

3) April 11, 2006 - 6-point night against the Florida Panthers

Sundin had the night of his life on April 11, 2006. He recorded 4 goals and 2 assists against the Panthers in a 6-5 overtime win.

2) March 10, 2003 - 1,000th career point

Sundin recorded his 1,000th career point against the Edmonton Oilers. He became the first Swedish player to reach the milestone.

1) October 14, 2006 - 500th career goal

Sundin recorded his 500th career goal in ultimate fashion. It was a short-handed hat-trick in overtime to defeat the Calgary Flames 5-4. At the time he became the 35th player in NHL history to record 500 career goals. He is also the only Swede to reach the 500 goal plateau.


Clayton Theriault

Clayton Theriault

Clayton Theriault is a 20-year-old student from Oakville, Ontario, Canada. He is currently in the process of obtaining his print journalism diploma at Sheridan College. He is currently an at-large writer for The Hockey Writers.
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