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article imageMats Sundin announces retirement from hockey

By Dustin Pollack     Sep 30, 2009 in Sports
With just over four minutes left in overtime, the Air Canada Centre was about to be filled with some magic from Mats. With the Maple Leafs shorthanded and the game on the line, Mats Sundin simply walked over the Calgary Flames blue line and let one rip.
It was Oct. 14 2006, and Mats Sundin had just scored his 500th goal not to mention a shorthanded game winner. The crowd erupted. It was just one of many great Sundin moments in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform.
Almost three years later Sundin, 38 announced this morning in a press conference in his home town of Stockholm, Sweden that he would be retiring from hockey.
Sundin played in the NHL for 18 seasons including a short stint with the Vancouver in 2008-2009 where he played 41 games plus two playoff series.
However, he will be most remembered for his 14 years as a Toronto Maple Leaf. He dawned the captaincy of the Leafs for 10 years and holds the Leaf's all time records in points and goals.
Controversy struck for Sundin around February of 2008 when Leafs management asked Sundin to waive the no trade clause in his contract so the Leafs could trade him in exchange for a few draft picks and prospects. But Sundin refused to waive the clause saying that he didn't want to be a "rental player" in another city.
Sundin became a free agent that July and after months and months of waiting on December 18th 2008 Sundin signed with the Vancouver Canucks.
Some fans felt that Sundin had stabbed the Leaf fans in the back because he could of helped the franchise begin the rebuilding process by moving him but instead they lost him to free agency for nothing.
But the true Leaf fan will put all of that aside and remember all the good Mats gave to the Maple Leafs franchise.
And one day, we'll raise his No. 13 to the rafters.
Here's a selection photos of Sundin courtesy of Cafe Magazine, showing a different side of the all-star:
Former NHL player Mats Sundin
Former NHL player Mats Sundin
By Cafe Magazine
Mats Sundin with suspenders
Mats Sundin with suspenders
By Cafe Magazine
Mats Sundin in a Leafs uniform
Mats Sundin in a Leafs uniform
By Cafe Magazine
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