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Canucks sign Mats Sundin

by Staff Writer / Vancouver Canucks
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Vancouver, B.C. – Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that the team has signed free agent centre Mats Sundin. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.


“We are very excited to have Mats join the Vancouver Canucks,” said Mike Gillis, Vancouver Canucks General Manager. “Playing previously in two Canadian markets and consistently being among team and League leaders in scoring, Mats has proven that he can excel under pressure. He adds a wealth of experience, leadership and skill to the Canucks.”

"I am truly excited to be joining the Canucks,” said Sundin. “Once I made the decision to return to play a few weeks ago, the Vancouver opportunity was simply the best overall fit. I want to thank Mike Gillis and the entire Canucks organization for their professionalism throughout this entire process."

Sundin, 37, joins the Canucks organization after playing over 1300 career NHL regular season games with Toronto and Quebec. In an additional 83 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he has recorded 74 points (35-39-74) and 72 penalty minutes. In 1305 regular season games, Sundin has recorded 555 goals, 766 assists, 1321 points and 1065 penalty minutes. At the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, he held the Maple Leafs franchise record for most goals (420) and points (987) in a Toronto sweater.

At the conclusion of the 2007-08 season, the 6-foot-5, 230 pounds centre ranked 22nd all-time in career goals (555), 34th all-time in career assists (766) and 30th all-time in career points (1321).

The Bromma, Sweden native has also represented his home nation in a number of international tournaments. During his international career, Sundin has won the World Championships on three occasions (1991, 1992 and 1998) and was captain of Team Sweden at the 2006 Winter Olympics, winning gold, alongside Canucks teammates, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Mattias Ohlund.

For his accomplishments on the ice, Sundin has been selected to play in the NHL All-Star game on nine occasions (missed 2003 due to an injury). In 2002 and 2004, Sundin was named to the NHL Second All-Star Team and was named to the Olympic Tournament All-Star Team in 2002.

Sundin was selected first overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Quebec Nordiques, becoming the first European hockey player to ever be drafted first overall.

Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1987-1988 Nacka Jr.  Swe-Jr.                        
1987-1988 Sweden  EJC-A   6 5 4 9   8          
1988-1989 Nacka HK  Sweden-2   25 10 8 18   18          
1988-1989 Sweden  EJC-A   6 6 2 8   14          
1989-1990 Djurgarden  Sweden   34 10 8 18   16          
1989-1990 Sweden  WJC-A   7 5 2 7   6          
1989-1990 Sweden  WEC-A   4 0 0 0   0          
1990-1991 Nordiques   80 23 36 59 -24 58 4 0 0 155 14.8
1990-1991 Sweden  EJC-A   10 7 5 12   12          
1991-1992 Sweden  Can-Cup   6 2 4 6   16          
1991-1992 Nordiques   80 33 43 76 -19 103 8 2 2 231 14.3
1991-1992 Sweden  WC-A   8 2 6 8   8          
1992-1993 Nordiques   80 47 67 114 21 96 13 4 9 215 21.9
1993-1994 Nordiques   84 32 53 85 1 60 6 2 4 226 14.2
1993-1994 Sweden  WC-A   8 5 9 14   4          
1994-1995 Djurgarden  Sweden   12 7 2 9   14          
1994-1995 Maple Leafs   47 23 24 47 -5 14 9 0 4 173 13.3
1995-1996 Maple Leafs   76 33 50 83 8 46 7 6 7 301 11.0
1996-1997 Sweden  W-Cup   4 4 3 7   4          
1996-1997 Maple Leafs   82 41 53 94 6 59 7 4 8 281 14.6
1997-1998 Maple Leafs   82 33 41 74 -3 49 9 1 5 219 15.1
1997-1998 Sweden  Olympics   4 3 0 3   4          
1997-1998 Sweden  WC-A   10 5 6 11   6          
1998-1999 Maple Leafs   82 31 52 83 22 58 4 0 6 209 14.8
1999-2000 Maple Leafs   73 32 41 73 16 46 10 2 7 184 17.4
2000-2001 Maple Leafs   82 28 46 74 15 76 9 0 6 226 12.4
2000-2001 Sweden  WC-A   2 0 1 1   2          
2001-2002 Maple Leafs   82 41 39 80 6 94 10 2 9 262 15.6
2001-2002 Sweden  Olympics   4 5 4 9   10          
2002-2003 Maple Leafs   75 37 35 72 1 58 16 3 8 223 16.6
2002-2003 Sweden  WC-A   7 6 4 10   10          
2003-2004 Maple Leafs   81 31 44 75 11 52 11 1 10 226 13.7
2004-2005 Sweden  W-Cup   4 1 5 6 1 0          
2005-2006 Maple Leafs   70 31 47 78 7 58 16 2 2 220 14.1
2005-2006 Sweden  Olympics   8 3 5 8   4          
2006-2007 Maple Leafs   75 27 49 76 -2 62 6 1 3 321 8.4
2007-2008 Maple Leafs   74 32 46 78 17 76 10 1 4 259 12.4
NHL Totals:   1,305 555 766 1,321  78 1,065  155  31  94  3,931  14.1
Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1989-1990 Djurgarden  Sweden   8 7 0 7   4          
1992-1993 Nordiques   6 3 1 4 -4 6 1 0 0 19 15.8
1994-1995 Maple Leafs   7 5 4 9 -2 4 2 0 1 27 18.5
1995-1996 Maple Leafs   6 3 1 4 -8 4 2 0 1 23 13.0
1998-1999 Maple Leafs   17 8 8 16 2 16 3 0 2 44 18.2
1999-2000 Maple Leafs   12 3 5 8 8 10 0 0 1 20 15.0
2000-2001 Maple Leafs   11 6 7 13 5 14 2 1 1 42 14.3
2001-2002 Maple Leafs   8 2 5 7 5 4 0 0 0 21 9.5
2002-2003 Maple Leafs   7 1 3 4 -1 6 1 0 0 16 6.3
2003-2004 Maple Leafs   9 4 5 9 -2 8 0 0 1 19 21.1
NHL Totals:   83 35 39 74  3 72  11  1  7  231  15.2
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