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Maple Leafs to honor Sundin's No. 13

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Mats Sundin, the all-time leading scorer in Maple Leafs history, will have his No. 13 sweater banner raised to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre on Feb. 11 prior to Toronto's game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Sundin will become the 16th individual in franchise history to have his number honored. His banner will join those of Syl Apps, Ted Kennedy, Turk Broda, Johnny Bower, Tim Horton, King Clancy, George Armstrong, Charlie Conacher, Frank Mahovlich, Darryl Sittler, Hap Day, Red Kelly, Borje Salming, Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour.

Beginning in 1993-94, the Leafs began a practice in which former team greats were honored. A special banner, portraying the player’s image and sweater number, is displayed permanently high above center ice. The former player’s honored number stays in circulation and is deemed an “Honored Number.” The Maple Leafs historically only retire numbers of distinguished players who have died or had their career shortened due to tragic or catastrophic circumstances while being a member of the team.
Bill Barilko (No. 5) and Ace Bailey (No. 6) are the two players represented in this category -- both have banners in their name at Air Canada Centre.

Sundin, now 40, played in 981 career games for the Maple Leafs, registering 420 goals and 567 assists for 987 points. In 1,346 career NHL games with Toronto, Quebec and Vancouver, Sundin scored 564 goals and 785 assists for 1,349 points. He was the 17th captain in Leafs history, serving from 1997-2008, and became the franchise’s all-time leader in goals and points on Oct. 11, 2007. Sundin scored 20 or more goals for 17 consecutive NHL seasons, 13 with the Maple Leafs. He holds the club records for most 20-goal seasons (13) and 30-goal seasons (10).

Sundin was named a Second-Team All-Star in 2001-02 and 2003-04, is tied for 21st on the all-time NHL list in goals and tied for 26th in points, and is among four players tied for the most regular-season overtime goals in NHL history with 15.

As captain, Sundin began the 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 recognized children in the community who overcame daily physical, mental, emotional, and social challenges. In an effort to brighten the lives of children throughout Toronto, Captain’s Corner was associated with Youth Assisting Youth and other charitable organizations.
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