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Sept. 30: Mats Sundin named Maple Leafs captain

Plus: Canadiens sign Howie Morenz; Ducks earn split of NHL Premiere Series in London

by John Kreiser @jkreiser7713 / Managing Editor


1997: Mats Sundin becomes the first non-Canadian captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Seven months after the trade of Doug Gilmour leaves the captaincy vacant, the Swedish forward receives it and serves as captain for the next 11 seasons, during which he becomes the Maple Leafs' all-time leading scorer.

Ironically, Sundin announces his retirement exactly 22 years later, on Sept. 30, 2009, and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame three years later.



1923: The Montreal Canadiens sign free agent forward Howie Morenz. The "Stratford Streak" is coveted by several teams, but opts to join the Canadiens and becomes one of the NHL's early stars. He helps the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup as a rookie in 1923-24, scores 28 goals in 30 games in 1924-25 and gets 40 in 44 games in 1929-30. Montreal wins three championships in his 11 seasons with the Canadiens. He plays 1 ½ seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks and a half-season with the New York Rangers before returning to the Canadiens in 1936-37, but sustains a career-ending leg injury on Jan. 28, 1937, and dies less than six weeks later.


2007: The Anaheim Ducks earn a split in the two-game NHL Premiere Series in London by defeating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 at O2 Arena. Corey Perry had two goals and an assist for the Ducks, who had lost 4-1 to the Kings one day earlier.

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