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Watch Mats Sundin’s banner rise

Feb 11, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

Mats Sundin final months as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs were a trying time for him and the organization, but Leafs fans made it clear during his tribute before Saturday’s game that they appreciate everything he’s done for the franchise. Sundin had to pause several times during speech to allow the applause to quiet. The crowd got particularly loud as his banner was slowly raised. To view the entire event, check out the video below.

If the Air Canada Centre’s reaction on Saturday is any indication, he will be remembered fondly by a generation of Leafs fans in the same way that previous generations might look back on other Toronto greats like Darryl Sittler or George Armstrong.

  1. corbin18 - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    hands down my favourite leaf of all time

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    One of the best Leafs ever, no question. The ceremony was nice. Him suiting up and scoring 4 in the third would be nicer though.

  3. revansrevenant - Feb 11, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    So they retired his number. He deserves it. Class act, he was.

  4. habsman - Feb 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Congrats to Matts, class on and off the ice. Played the game the right way.

  5. yettyskills - Feb 12, 2012 at 4:00 AM

    Boooooo!

  6. lsxphotog - Feb 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Great guy fully deserving of this honor.

  7. Jeff - Feb 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    I thought the Leafs just honored numbers. I didn’t think they retired them.

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

      You’re right, and that’s what they did with Mats. Only 5 and 6 are retired.

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