Mats Sundin gave everything he had to the Toronto Maple Leafs for 13 seasons, and tonight he gets honoured for it. Sundin will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame and it couldn’t happen to a better ambassador for the game.
Sundin was one of the classiest players to ever wear the blue and white. He represented the team as captain for 10 seasons, and there was no better leader by example. Sundin is the team’s all-time leader in both goals (420) and points (987). Not only that, but he won an Olympic Gold Medal and was one of the most clutch players of all-time. Only Jaromir Jagr has more regular season overtime-winners than Sundin.
You could even argue acquiring Sundin was both the best, and the last decent trade the Leafs have made.
To say Sundin was consistent would be a major understatement. He had 14 campaigns where he played at least 70 games, and he recorded at least 72 points in all of those seasons.
He also lacked skilled wingers around him for much of his tenure in Toronto, but never complained or asked for a trade. He didn’t even want to leave in his final years when the team was really struggling. His heart was simply always in Toronto.
Congrats Mats. You deserve it.