13

Claus Andersen

Yesterday, Mats Sundin was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. While it caused some consternation, anyone with a clue knows that he deserves the honour of being enshrined in the hall. It will be the final accolade to cap of a career where he was consistently the franchise's best player with supporting casts that pale to his contemporaries. He'll go into the Hall as the greatest Leaf player of the last generation and a giant in Swedish hockey.

So in order to continue the celebration, today the Noon Number makes a comeback and revisits our top 13 Sundin moments as a Leaf as selected by myself and Sundin Superfan Eyebleaf. Enjoy!

Mats Sundin Top 13 Leafs Moments

# 13 - Alexander Mogilny Leads Leafs In Scoring

Mats was always the best player on his team.

# 12 - Six Point Night To Preserve The Playoffs!!1 Dream

"The game was, again, a microcosm of Sundin's career. He did it all, with little help, and the Leafs always ended up a little short."

# 11 - Memories And Dreams

"I can still see him waving that flag, passed on to him by Red Horner. It said "Memories and Dreams." Sundin gave us both."

# 10 - Crestfallen Captain

"I'll never forget that shot of Sundin on the bench. I hope you don't, either. Sundin cared. Sundin wanted to win."

# 9 - Captain Clutch

" When the Toronto Maple Leafs needed a goal, it was of course Mats Sundin who scored it. Captain clutch."

# 8 - Dusting The Senators

"Sundin's got the puck at the Ottawa blue line. Sundin fakes a slapshot. The camera moves. Sundin fires, for real this time. "PING!" Off the pipe and in. The Leafs win 1-0."

# 7 - Leading By Example

"Sundin was a leader. He proved it. The moment is vivid in my memory, and almost a microcosm of Sundin's career in Toronto. He pulled his weight, he pulled his guys with him, but, for some reason, it was just never enough."

# 6 - A Controversial Arrival

"From day one, until the day he was gone, Sundin produced a point-per-game. The Leafs won that trade. And it was never close."

# 5 - First European Captain

"As loyal as they come, Sundin went down with the ship. Let no one tell you that Mats wasn't a leader. No, really, punch him, or her, if you hear that. Being the captain for as long as he was cost Sundin his beautiful, flowing blonde hair."

# 4 - 1000th Point In Edmonton

"Sundin scored the goal - scored his 1000th point -- right in front of me. Literally. And I went wild. I couldn't, frankly, believe my luck. After getting to 998 points on Feb. 25th of that year, Sundin went into a slump; he put up one point - an assist - in six games leading up to that night in Edmonton. Sundin waited for me. Thank you, Mats."

# 3 - Returning Home

"Sundin gave us one last backhand shelf, in the shootout, to win the game, that night, except he did it for Vancouver. But there were no hard feelings. Sundin might have been wearing a Canucks jersey, but we all knew he was a Maple Leaf."

# 2 - Greatest Of All Time

"We feted Sundin three times that night with standing ovations: once, when he was credited with an assist on an early goal that we thought set the record; it was eventually taken away. Twice, when Sundin scored, this time leaving no doubt that he'd set the new Toronto Maple Leafs standard. And a third time, after the game, when Sundin was named the first, second, and third star of the evening. It's a night I'll never forget."

# 1 - Scoring 500 Against Calgary

"Mats Sundin always had a flair for the dramatic."

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Pension Plan Puppets

You must be a member of Pension Plan Puppets to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pension Plan Puppets. You should read them.

Join Pension Plan Puppets

You must be a member of Pension Plan Puppets to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Pension Plan Puppets. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker