February 24, 2008
Highlight reelForgetting for a moment whether Mats Sundin stays or goes, here are some red-letter dates in his career
By LANCE HORNBY
- Feb. 13, 1971 -- Born in Bromma, Sweden, a suburb of Stockholm.
- 1988-89 -- Averaged .72 points a game for Nacka, a second division Swedish team.
- June 17, 1989 -- First European to be selected No. 1 at the NHL draft, chosen by the Quebec Nordiques.
- 1990 -- 'Escapes' Sweden in disguise to attend Nords' training camp during a contract wrangle with his club team, Djurgarden.
- Oct. 4, 1990 -- Scores first NHL goal in first game against Hartford's Peter Sidorkiewicz.
- March 5, 1992 -- Career-high five goals and seven points versus Hartford.
- June 28, 1994 -- Traded from Quebec with Garth Butcher, Todd Warriner and a first round pick (transferred to Washington, which selected Nolan Baumgartner) to the Leafs for Wendel Clark, Sylvain Lefebvre, Landon Wilson and a first-round pick (Jeff Kealty).
- Jan. 20, 1995 -- Debuts as a Leaf with a road assist against the L.A. Kings.
- Jan. 21, 1995 -- Scores first goal as a Leaf against Arturs Irbe of the San Jose Sharks.
- September 1996 -- Joins Chris Chelios as the only players named to the World Cup all-star team in both 1991 and '96.
- Dec. 21, 1996 -- First of his four career hat tricks as a Leaf.
- Sept. 30, 1997 -- Replaces the traded Doug Gilmour as captain of the Leafs.
- Feb. 23, 1998 -- Signs a new four-year, $22.8 million US contract with the Leafs.
- May 1999 -- Leads Leafs with 16 playoff points in 17 games during run to the Eastern Conference final.
- March 16, 2000 -- Sets NHL record with fourth overtime goal in one regular season.
- February, 2001 -- Gets four points for the World team in the NHL all-star game.
- April 13, 2001 -- With extra time goal against Ottawa, joins Glenn Anderson, Mike Gartner, Frank Mahovlich, Syl Apps and Gordie Drillon as the only Leafs to score two playoff overtime goals.
- Oct. 20, 2002 --As Toronto's unofficial sports ambassador, gives Muhammad Ali a Leafs' sweater at half-time of an Argos' game.
- 2002 -- Captained three teams in one year, the Leafs, Swedish National Team and Eastern Conference all-stars.
- March 10, 2003 -- Records 1,000th NHL point, a goal vs. Edmonton.
- March 24, 2003 --Plays 1,000th NHL game.
- May 2003 -- Named MVP of world championships.
- September 2003 -- Hosts the Leafs during training camp in Stockholm.
- April, 2004 -- Finishes the regular season with league-high 10 game-winning goals. Completes playoffs ranked second to only Gilmour in post-season points by a Leaf.
- Nov. 5, 2005 -- Suffers eye injury that sidelines him 12 games.
- Feb. 26, 2006 -- Leads Sweden to Olympic gold medal, also leading tournament in faceoff percentage.
- Oct. 14, 2006 -- Scores 500th NHL goal, short-handed and in overtime, vs. Calgary.
- Oct. 11, 2007 -- Goal against the New York Islanders is point No. 917 as a Leaf, passing Darryl Sittler for first place in franchise scoring.
- Dec. 1, 2007 -- Passes Babe Dye for longest streak of home games with a point to open a Leafs' season (16).
- Jan. 3, 2008 -- Passes Bob Pulford for sixth place in club history with 948th game.
- Jan. 5, 2008 -- Becomes first Leaf to have 13 seasons of 20 goals or more.
- Feb. 7, 2008 -- Becomes 30th player in league history to record 1,300 points.