On Saturday, former Leaf defenceman Borje Salming will be inducted into the Toronto Maple Leafs ‘Legends Row’. On Thursday night, the team announced that his fellow countryman, Mats Sundin, would be added to the monument alongside him.
Acquired in a trade with the Quebec Nordiques on June 28, 1994, after originally being drafted first overall in the 1989 NHL draft, Sundin would spend 13 seasons in a Maple Leafs uniform scoring more goals (420) and points (987) than any other player in the historic team’s record books. His quiet leadership and strong work ethic were only matched by his prolific scoring ability during his 11 years as Leafs captain. Following his retirement in 2009, Sundin was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2012, his first season of eligibility, and became just the second Swedish-born player, following Salming, to join the Hall.