Mats All, Folks: Beloved NHL Star Sundin Calling It a Career

Tyler PowerContributor ISeptember 30, 2009

5 Nov 1997:  Mats Sundin #13 of the Toronto Maple Leafs in action during a game against the Calgary Flames at the Canadien Airlines Saddledome in Calgary, Canada. Mandatory Credit: Ian Tomlinson  /Allsport

It came a shock to none this morning when Mats Sundin announced his retirement in a small press conference in Sweden.

Sundin, who shared his career with the Quebec Nordiques, Vancouver Canucks, and, of course, Toronto Maples was 25th overall in league history in points with 1,349. During his career, Sundin also popped 564 goals and is fourth all time in scoring of European-born players.

The 38-year-old Swede will be remembered as being one of the greatest ever Leaf captains, an elite supportive character on Swedish National team, and a player who helped pave the way for other Swedish and international players to not only be an impact in the NHL but to be considered a leader.

Sundin was a class act both on and off the ice and is a character role model in which the NHL is surely to miss.