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It's Mats day in Canada!

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"I always saw myself winning the Stanley Cup in Toronto – I wanted to do that," Sundin said Friday. "And also realizing it would never feel the same doing it somewhere else."

It is that loyalty plus Sundin’s unassuming, down-to-earth personality and inclusive nature that made him one of the Leafs captains most loved by his teammates. A lot of them will be seen Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre when the team honours Sundin by raising a banner with his No. 13 to the rafters to join those of other Leaf greats.

Thank you Mats. It wouldn't have been the same seeing you lift the cup with another team either.

Links after the jump..

'No regrets' for Mats Sundin

Dave Shoalts' piece on the GOAT

Grabovski gears up for Habs...again


A brief history of Mats Sundin


Sundin: A player we perhaps appreciate more when he's long gone

More on the theme of the day from VLM

Hockey Day in Canada

A few tidbits from Dirty Dangle on the history of the event

Excitement filled third ends in Marlies loss

Recap from MarliesHQ

Holzer bides his time in Leafs system

Kyle Cicerella reports on the young German's progress

Maple Leafs 30 Thoughts: Quotable Quotes

Some pretty good quotes in here.

I Tell You One Thing: We're Better Together

The dynamic duo of Kessel and Lupul.