Last night, Mats Sundin had his number 13 honoured by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Today, I present to you a Mats Sundin Hockey Card Tribute.
Before Mats came to North America, he played in Sweden, where he may have been using Borje Salming’s gloves from a decade earlier.
In 1989, he was drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques, the first European ever to be drafted first overall. They might have been going for a Euro-pose here, I’m not sure what this was about.
Early on, he had success. This is evident by his being named to some wildly futuristic “Team 2000” by Pinnacle.
When he arrived in Toronto, Leaf fans had their doubts. This mostly had to do with the weird bubble helmet that he brought with him.
For a long time, he had hair.
After we gave him the C, it started to disappear.
Even when the jerseys looked like practice jerseys, the effort was there.
At the end, he left us, and went to a faraway land and a team everyone hates. Like Jordan with the Wizards, let’s just ignore this.
Thanks Mats, for all the great years.