Mats Sundin



Mattias Johan Sundin (Born - February 13, 1971, Bromma, Sweden) is a centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. His Swedish nickname is "Sudden",in reference to his surname and his uncanny ability to come up with the big plays in overtime.

Sundin was drafted in the 1st Round, 1st overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft (from the Swedish Allsvenskan (hockey) club Nacka HK). He was the first European player drafted first overall in NHL history.

Sundin made his NHL debut with Quebec during the 1990-91 NHL season, finishing second on the team behind Joe Sakic with 59 points. Sundin led the Nordiques with 114 points in 1992-93. During his time in Quebec Sundin was considered one of the league's premier young players.

On June 28, 1994 Sundin was traded along with Garth Butcher, Todd Warriner and a draft pick acquired by Quebec in the 1992 Eric Lindros trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Wendel Clark, Sylvain Lefebvre, Landon Wilson and a 1994 1st round pick.

Sundin became the 16th Maple Leafs captain in 1997, becoming the first European player in Maple Leaf history to hold that honour.

Sundin used his off-time during the 2004-05 NHL lock-out to return to his native Sweden. In March of 2005, he announced that he would not participate in the 2005 World Hockey Championships, which took place in Vienna/Innsbruck, Austria. Sundin has also made the NHL All-Star Team in nine consecutive seasons and been a Second All-Star Team Centre twice (2002 and 2004).

In the opening game of the 2005-06 season on October 5th, he took a puck to the face which fractured his lower orbital bone. He returned to the line up on November 5th, 2005, exactly one month after sustaining his injury which caused him to miss a total of 12 games. Sundin currently holds the NHL record for most overtime goals with 15.

Sundin was the captain of the Swedish National Team in the 2006 Winter Olympics. He lead them to a gold medal with a 3-2 victory over Finland in the Final.

Sundin is the only player in the NHL to have scored at least 70 points (excluding lock-out shortened season in 1994-95) in each of the last 13 seasons. Sundin has also distinguished himself as the longest-serving European-born captain of an NHL franchise in league history. He has led the Leafs in points in every year he has been with the team except 2002-03, when Alexander Mogilny beat him by 7 points.

He scored his 500th career goal on October 14th, 2006 in an overtime (which ended in 5 - 4 )win against the Calgary Flames. The goal was his third of the game, and a shorthanded overtime game winner.

Awards & achievements

* Elitserien World All-Star Team - 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998
* World Championships All-Star Team - 1992
* World Championships Best Forward - 1992
* Canada Cup All-Star Team - 1991
* World Cup of Hockey All-Star Team - 1996
* Played in NHL All-Star Game - 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
* Olympic Tournament All-Star Team - 2002
* NHL Second All-Star Team - 2002, 2004
* Olympic Tournament Gold Medal Winner - 2006

Records

* Currently holds the NHL record for most overtime goals with 15
* Longest serving European captain of an NHL franchise in league history
* First Swedish player to reach the 500 goal milestone
* Most career assists by a Swedish hockey player (671)
* Most career goals by a Swedish hockey player (500)
* Most career points by a Swedish hockey player (1167)
* Most consecutive 70-or-more point seasons (13) (excluding the shortened 1994-95 NHL season)

He has represented Team Sweden at various international competitions, such as the World Cup of Hockey and the Olympic Games, and has held the position of team captain for the national squad for the better part of the last decade. Sundin is widely recognized as one of the top players in the world in these international competitions, and has added a highly impressive list of accomplishments to his credentials as a result of his outstanding performance in the 2002 Winter Olympics and 2004 World Cup of Hockey. Sundin has won three IIHF World Championships with Sweden in 1991, 1992 and 1998. Sundin finally clinched a gold medal with Team Sweden in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

A picture of his 'fighting face' when Sweden turned 1-5 into a 6-5 win over Finland during IIHF WC game has become iconic.

After Turin he stated that he didn't expect to return to the national team, and the game winning goal. Forsberg to Sundin to Lidstrom who slapped a laser into goal is by many Swedes considered the Grande Finale, thank you and good bye of the 'Golden Generation'. On August 14, 2006, Sundin stated to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that if it feels right and the 2006-07 NHL season ends early he sees a possibility to play for Sweden in the 2007 World Championship.

Played for Sweden in:

* 1989 European Junior Championships
* 1990 European Junior Championships
* 1990 World Junior Championships
* 1991 Canada Cup
* 1992 World Championships
* 1994 World Championships
* 1996 World Cup of Hockey
* 1998 World Championships
* 2001 World Championships
* 2002 Winter Olympics
* 2003 World Championships
* 2004 World Cup of Hockey
* 2006 Winter Olympics (gold medal)Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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