Mats Sundin is a former player who needs no introduction to Maple Leafs fans. The franchise leader in goals (420) and points (987) should be on any list of greatest Leafs of all time, and was the team captain and face of the franchise for more than a decade.
But the Big Swede isn’t only remembered as a great NHL player, but a star on the international stage for his country as well. He was honoured as such before the Sweden-Norway game at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Malmo today when he was inducted into the Swedish Hockey Hall Of Fame.
Sundin began his professional career as a 17-year-old in the Swedish second-tier league for Nacka HK, and was drafted first overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques the following summer. The next year he moved up to the elite league where he played 34 games for Djurgarden. That same year he starred for Sweden’s world junior team, scoring seven points in as many games.
Sundin would go on to play in five World Championships, three Olympics, one Canada Cup and one World Cup. He won three World Championship gold medals in 1991, ’92 and ‘98 and an Olympic gold in 2006. In total, Sundin scored 119 points in 98 games of international play.
Sundin was inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame in 2012 and the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall Of Fame on May 19. Congrats to him on another impressive accolade for his accomplishments and contributions to the game of hockey.