Mats, meet Mats

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

If Jeremiah Knight ever tires of the drywall business, he might make a few bucks as a body double for the captain of the Maple Leafs.

The 39-year-old Uxbridge resident measures up to Mats Sundin in every way, except the $7.6 million US salary.

Knight is getting a kick out of their amazing physical resemblance, from shaved heads to what Knight believes is a similar posture. Knight also has a Nordic background and a passion for hockey, but admits he'll have to learn to take the corners in his pick-up league without stumbling before he can think of scoring 501 National Hockey League goals.

"I began noticing we looked alike around 1998-99 when other people mentioned it," Knight said. "It really picked up when I shaved my head (around 2003), which I didn't do because of Sundin, but because I was losing my own hair on top and didn't want to look like Bozo the Clown."

At 39, the Winnipeg-born Knight is three years older than Sundin, about an inch shorter and 20 pounds lighter.

"We're not exactly alike, but being adopted and being told my (birth) mother was German-Swedish leaves me to question if we're related in some way," Knight said, adding he hopes to meet the Leafs captain one day.

The resemblance was clear to Sundin, who laughed when shown a picture of Knight before yesterday's game in Ottawa.

"I have more hair than him!" he joked. "Now I know why my interview requests have gone down. He's getting them all."

Knight certainly has the Sundin smile down pat and when his girlfriend suggested he get a Leaf sweater and jacket, the doppelganger was complete.

"I don't have his facial playing scars, but last week I was in the Tim Horton's in Uxbridge and heard about five employees whispering about me, then asking if I was going to sign autographs," Knight said. "But the best was at the local Canadian Tire where Darryl Sittler was appearing. For a joke, I said to him 'hi, I'm Mats Sundin's brother', and Darryl was shocked. He said 'man, do you ever look like him' and he kept watching me as I walked around the store."

Knight has not thought of capitalizing on his resemblance, even for a better restaurant seat or free parking. He's been to one Leafs game at the ACC and though he caused a few double takes in the stands, he says he was too shy to try for a picture.


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