Morning sportsfans, with news that Mats Sundin has hung up the skates for good one can’t help but look back at the tremendous career he had. This includes all his accomplishments on the ice and off the ice… specifically the commercial that will live with him forever. Yes Chunky soup and Mats Sundin will go hand and hand forever. And one will never forget the tag line “Mats your mommy is calling”. Ottawa Senators fans took great pride in reminding him of the goofy line at every opportunity and it still makes the Champster laugh even today.
But when we look at Mats’ career it’s hard not to believe that he’ll be soon hearing the Hockey Hall of Fame calling him instead. From the goofy young lad in the Quebec Nordiques uniform breaking into the league with that god awful Jofa helmet he used to wear, to playing as a Vancouver Canuck in his final season, Mats was always a leader in every team he played on. Senators fans took great frustration in losing to the leafs numerous times in the playoffs and often it was Sundin who was handing the Sens some humble pie whilst moving on deeper into the playoffs.
But nevertheless, Sundin has had a career worthy of getting the call to the HHOF. His numbers are impressive
Games Played: 1,346
In today’s NHL, a point a game player is almost guaranteed to get into the Hall of Fame.
A Sundin moment Champ will never forget was the famous broken stick toss into the crowd which earned him a 1 game vacation. It was a pretty lame suspension by the league. Nobody can forget how Daniel Alfredsson then mocked the jesture in the Senators’ next game in Toronto and people wonder why Leafs nation aren’t fans of Alfie…lol But I digress…
The only blip on Sundin’s impressive career was the lack of a Stanley Cup ring to his resume though not for lack of trying. Sundin will forever be remembered as number 13 and captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was their leader by example, a player who worked harder than anyone else on the team and bled blue and white through all their ups and downs. His leadership was beyond reproach and at some point he’ll have his number honoured and hung atop the ACC where it belongs
Stay classy, Mats Sundin.