Mats Sundin

Mats Sundin

Hockey player
Date of Birth: 13.02.1971
Country: Sweden

Content:
  1. Biography of Mats Sundin
  2. Early Life and Career

Biography of Mats Sundin

Early Life and Career

Mats Johan Sundin, a Swedish ice hockey player, was born on February 13, 1971, in Stockholm. He began his professional hockey career in the 1989-1990 season with the team 'Djurgårdens IF' and immediately became a Swedish champion. In 1989, he was selected as the first overall pick by the 'Quebec Nordiques' in the NHL Entry Draft, becoming the first European player to be chosen with the first pick in the NHL draft.
Career in the NHL

Mats Sundin

Sundin started playing in Canada in the 1990-1991 season and spent four seasons with the 'Quebec Nordiques' before joining the 'Toronto Maple Leafs'. During the 1994-1995 season, which was shortened due to a lockout, he temporarily returned to 'Djurgårdens IF'. After the season resumed, Sundin returned to Toronto and earned 47 points in 47 games. Throughout his career, Sundin consistently scored at least 70 points per season, except for his first season in Quebec and the shortened season due to the lockout. His best season with the 'Maple Leafs' was in 1992-1993 when he scored 47 goals and recorded 67 assists.
Captaincy and Achievements

Mats Sundin

After the departure of the team captain Doug Gilmour to the 'New Jersey Devils' during the 1996-1997 season, Sundin was named his successor, becoming the 16th captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the first European captain in the team's history. He played 13 seasons for the Maple Leafs and consistently earned the title of the team's leading scorer. Sundin achieved numerous records during his time with the team, becoming the all-time leading scorer, the leading goal scorer, and the second-leading assist provider.
International Career

Mats Sundin

Sundin represented the Swedish national team in various international competitions, including the World Championships and the Winter Olympic Games. He was the captain of the Swedish national team for most of the last decade of his career. Sundin won three World Championships with Team Sweden in 1991, 1992, and 1998. In 2006, he finally won the Olympic gold medal after defeating the Finnish national team in the final game in Turin. After the victory, Sundin announced that he would not return to the national team.
Personal Life and Retirement

Mats Sundin

Sundin has always been private about his personal life and rarely gives interviews about it. He never speaks negatively about his teammates. On August 29, 2009, Sundin married his girlfriend Josephine Johansson in a wedding attended by over 200 guests, including former and current players. Following the end of his contract with the 'Maple Leafs' in 2008, Sundin took some time to contemplate his future in hockey. He eventually signed a one-year contract with the 'Vancouver Canucks' in the middle of the 2008-2009 season. Sundin made a brief return to Toronto on February 21, 2009, playing his first game against his former team. He received a warm reception from the fans, and the game ended with a 3-2 victory for the 'Vancouver Canucks', with Sundin contributing to the winning goal.
Achievements and Legacy

Throughout his career, Sundin achieved several impressive accolades. Alongside Jaromir Jagr, Sergei Fedorov, and Patrik Elias, he holds the record for the most goals scored in NHL overtime games. He ranks 20th in NHL history for the total number of goals scored, with a total of 564 goals. Sundin also ranks 32nd in NHL history for the total number of assists, with 785 assists. In terms of total points scored, he ranks 25th in NHL history, with 1349 points.

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