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Captain Mats Sundin Signs New Contract

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
June 12, 2007) -- John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that the team has signed captain Mats Sundin to a new one year contract.

“We are extremely proud to have Mats continue as captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs,” said Ferguson.  “Not only has he been one of the greatest players in our franchise history, but his exemplary leadership on and off the ice has been all that any organization could want from a team captain. We’ll continue to rely on Mats’ playing ability on the ice and on all of the contributions he makes to the development of our young players. Having him in the fold will have a positive impact on our club for many years to come.”

In 2006-07, Sundin played in 75 games for the Maple Leafs collecting 76 points on 27 goals and 49 assists with 62 penalty minutes.  Sundin was the Maple Leafs leader in goals, assists, points, powerplay points (34), and shots on goal (321).  The 17th captain in franchise history led all Toronto forwards in average ice-time (20:27) and registered a team-high 20 multi-point games.  This past season, Sundin reached several milestones including his 500th career NHL goal, 700th NHL assist, and 1200th NHL point.  Sundin also scored 20 or more goals for the 16th consecutive season.

Sundin, 36, has played in 907 career games for the Maple Leafs, registering 388 goals, 521 assists and 909 points, along with 672 penalty minutes. Sundin will enter the 2007-08 season ranked second in Maple Leafs all-time goals, second in points, and third in assists.  Sundin, the longest serving Maple Leaf on the team, needs just one goal to tie Darryl Sittler for the all-time franchise mark in goals, and seven points to match Sittler for first place in Maple Leaf points.

In 1231 career NHL games with Toronto and Quebec, Sundin has scored 523 goals and 720 assists for 1243 points, along with 989 penalty minutes.  The Bromma, Sweden native ranks among the NHL’s best, standing 29th in all-time goals, 40th in assists, and 33rd in points.  Sundin is tied with the New York Rangers’ Jaromir Jagr for most regular season overtime goals in NHL history with 15.

Internationally, Sundin has represented Sweden at three Olympics, seven World Championships, twice at the World Cup of Hockey; as well as at the 1991 Canada Cup and at the 1990 World Junior Championships.  Sundin most recently captained Team Sweden to the country’s second Olympic Gold Medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

The Maple Leafs acquired Sundin in a multi-player trade with Quebec on June 28, 1994.  Sundin was originally selected by Quebec, first overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.

As captain of the Maple Leafs, Mats will continue his tradition of Captain’s Corner within Air Canada Centre for Maple Leaf games and all other arena events as well. Instituted during the 1999-2000 season, Captain’s Corner recognizes children in the community that have overcome daily physical, mental, emotional, and social challenges. In an effort to brighten the lives of children throughout Toronto, Captain’s Corner works closely with Youth Assisting Youth and other charitable organizations.

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