Toronto Maple Leafs: Mats Sundin to Be Honored in Tonight's Game vs. Canadiens

Robert StockleyContributor IIIFebruary 11, 2012

TORONTO - FEBRUARY 2: Mats Sundin #13 of the Toronto Maple Leafs passes the puck against the Ottawa Senators during their NHL game at the Air Canada Centre February 2, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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The Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens will continue their historic rivalry tonight in the Air Canada Center.

But this game will not be any ordinary game. Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will honor one of their all-time greats.

Mats Sundin.

The all-star center played 13 straight seasons with the Maple Leafs and captained 11 of those seasons. Sundin was able to lead the franchise to 10 playoff appearances during his stint with the Leafs.

It is easy to say that Sundin had a great career, despite not winning a Stanley Cup.

Sundin was able to finish his career with 1,349 points in 1,346 games. He also recorded over 70 points in every season of his career, excluding the 2008-09 season with the Vancouver Canucks when he announced his retirement. Talk about consistency.

He also leads the Maple Leafs franchise in goals with 420 and in points with 984.

Some major highlights of his career include:

  • Drafted first overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.
  • Scoring a career-high 114 points in the 1992-93 season with the Quebec Nordiques.
  • Traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1994.
  • Olympic gold with Team Sweden in 2006 in Turin.
  • 500th goal on October 14, 2006.
  • Conference finals in 1999 playoffs with Toronto versus Buffalo.
  • Conference finals in 2002 playoffs with Toronto versus Carolina.
  • Retirement announced with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2008-09 season.

Sundin would also reach other milestones throughout his great career.

Tonight, the Toronto Maple Leafs will honor the all-star forward for his contributions to the team and also for his successful career.

Most importantly, the Leafs organization remembers him as a class act, a loyal role model, a leader and an icon for the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise for years to come.

He will go down to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest of them all, to play with the historic franchise. Tonight will be a special night for Sundin and surely will be an emotional one as well.

Tonight is a night he will never forget. Tonight is a night Leafs fans worldwide will always remember.

Ladies and gentlemen, Sundin's number will live at the top of the Air Canada Center for generations to come. We miss you, Mats and we as Leafs fans will make it your night.

The game can be seen on CBC, at 7 p.m. ET.