Mats Sundin Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Mats Sundin Inducted into Hockey Hall of FameMaple Leafs great Mats Sundin has been voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, joining Joe Sakic, Adam Oates and Pavel Bure. This was Sundin's first year of eligibility.

I loved Sundin, I think we all did... well, most of us appreciated him as a person, competitor and highly skilled centre. But then, he hurt us.

Instead of dwelling on that pain, I choose to remember Mats as a great Maple Leaf, and definitely one of the greatest in my lifetime. And if you have a little time, and want to read how I managed to move on after Mats signed with Vancouver, this entry contains all the blood, sweat and tears.

Mats Sundin is in the Hockey Hall of Fame and Leafs fans should be proud.

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Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@519 Rob

Fun Fact: Shanny was my favourite non-Leaf

And yes, he was robbed.

June 26, 2012 @ 4:24 PM


Freddie P. Must be foaming at the mouth about now.

June 26, 2012 @ 4:30 PM


When is this happening? I have a feeling that it will be before the Habs game on October 13 meaning the game is going to start a lot later than they say it will start. You know what. They should have these ceremony things maybe an hour before the game or so so the games can actually start on time. That's my opinion. I'm not saying you have to agree with it. Go Habs.

June 26, 2012 @ 4:57 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


But they televise these ceremonies, so they can't start them an hour before the game when nobody's in the arena and nobody's watching.

I don't mind the ceremonies when it's deserved. I still watch the Wendel Clark montage they played when they honoured him at the ACC.

June 26, 2012 @ 4:59 PM


I Heard he's going in as a Canuck....

June 26, 2012 @ 5:53 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


He'd be the first!

I hear he's the first player to end his career as a Canuck and make the HHOF.

June 26, 2012 @ 5:55 PM

Blind Dave

From what I hear, the players aren't fond of the ceremonies either. All the standing around throws off their concentration and timing.

Another thing, and I don't have a stat on this, but it seems that when the Leafs do something special in a ceremony, it's almost a guarantee they'll have a clunker (a typical game) afterwards.

June 26, 2012 @ 8:17 PM


I wonder if this will give cause for anyone to re-evaluate their stance on Mats' time with the Leafs?

The Leafs should take a page from the Jays' book and officially retire the numbers of HOFers.

June 26, 2012 @ 9:51 PM

Mississauga Phil

Sundin is easily on my top 3 Leafs I've actually seen play, but Mats getting in and Shanny not is a travesty...just saying.

June 27, 2012 @ 8:23 AM

519 Rob

In order, my all time favourite players.
1) Craig Hartsburg
2) Brendan Shanahan
3) Joe Sakic

In the 80's (when he was healthy) Hartsburg was the classic stay at home d-man, but with some decent offence when necessary (he held the Stars record for points by a d-man up until a few years ago). Sadly, Hartsburg has little hope for the hall.

Shanny was THE man for me after Hartsburg retired. I loved his in-your-face attitude. He was gritty, he'd fight, he'd score (655 times if Im not mistaken) and was a natural leader. Lets face it, he probably would have had the C in Detroit if it wasn't for some guy there named Steve.

Joe Sakic, to me, was like the silent assassin. He never seemed to be overly dramatic on the ice, but if you werent careful, he'd carve your team up. Few people scored as many timely goals as Joe did. And remember, he was the MVP on the '02 gold metal Olympic team. There were a few other 'more recognizable' names on that team. But Joe really led Canada to gold (some might say almost single handed...)

So, I'm pretty happy Joe is in. And as much as Shanny getting left out bums me out, it really is only a matter of time for him.

June 27, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

4x4 Time

@519 Rob - At least you will get 2 in.

In order, my my all time favourite players.
1. Wendl Clark
2. Bob Probert
3. Stan Johnathon

Like me, the only way they get into the Hall is buying a ticket.

June 27, 2012 @ 4:44 PM


Well, here's how you solve the ceremony problem. Announce the ceremony. Say it will be an hour before the game and give tickets for it so people have a choice. They can get tickets for the ceremony or the game. I find the ceremonies are getting longer and longer these days and then it ticks me off because I expect the game to start on time, but starts a lot later. Well, found out the Sundin thing is on November 12 so it won't affect the Habs game.

June 27, 2012 @ 4:55 PM


Heard Jim Richards on the H&F podcast today state that if you were to look at Sundin's numbers without seeing his name attached to them, you wouldn't be impressed.  He said, "His numbers were never that great."  A great example of the irrational anti-Sundin mindset of a lot of "real Canadian hockey fans".  Let's see, he's 29th all-time for regular season points-per-game, which puts him ahead of Hall of Famers like Ciccarelli, Gilmour, Gartner, and Robitaille. He's 27th all-time for regular season points, ahead of Hall of Famers like Savard, Gartner, Perreault, Bobby Hull, Bernie Nicholls, and Bobby Clarke.  21st in regular season goals, 18th in short handed goals, 7th in game winning goals, #2 all time in OT goals. 
The predictable rebuttal to these numbers is that Sundin "disappeared" in the playoffs, but again, the numbers don't lie.  Most game winning goals in the playoffs of any Leaf ever and first for game tying goals. First Leaf for shots on goal during playoffs. 2nd on the Leafs all-time (behind Gilmour) for points.  How can a guy with those numbers "disappear" during the playoffs?
Every one is astonished that Sundin got in before Shanahan, yet Sundin beats him in virtually every category. Still, "his numbers were never that great".  Okay.  Sure.

June 28, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

Mississauga Phil

@ Cory - I personally would never say that Mats doesn't deserve to be in the Hall. However, I would say that he should not be there ahead of Shanahan, personally I would have put Sundin, Shanahan and Pat Burns in and honor Oates and Bure next year.

June 28, 2012 @ 12:12 PM

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