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Mats Sundin’s impact on Maple Leafs records

Nov 11, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

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In anticipation of Monday’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, PHT is taking an in-depth look at each of the four main entrants.

He didn’t retire as a Toronto Maple Leafs player and he didn’t win a Stanley Cup, but that’s about all Mats Sundin didn’t accomplish for the team. The easiest way to assess his brilliance is to glance at the many team records he owns after 981 regular season and 77 playoff games.

First overall

Goals – 420 (second place: Darryl Sittler)

Points – 987 (Sittler second with 916)

Power-play goals – 124 (Sittler second with 120)

Shorthanded goals – 23 (Russ Courtnall, Greg Terrion and David Reid tied for second with 13)

Game-winning goals – 79 (Sittler second with 42)

(Sundin also holds the all-time marks for game-tying goals [8] and overtime tallies [14])

Second place

Assists – 567 (Borje Salming is in first with 620)

Plus/minus – +99 (Salming’s ahead with +155)

Shots – 3,104 (Sittler No. 1 with 3,142)


Sundin is tied for second all-time in goals with 32, tied for third in assists with 38, second in points with 70 and first overall in game-winners with seven.


Does that make him the best Leaf ever? One can only imagine the debates in Toronto bars and blogs, but either way, he’s made a Sundin-sized mark on the franchise record books.

  1. mrchainbluelightning - Nov 12, 2012 at 12:57 AM

    At least they are tied in Stanley Cups hoisted

    • durrsaster - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM


      • mrchainbluelightning - Nov 12, 2012 at 1:00 AM


  2. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    Um, admittedly not a math major here, so do check my work, but I count 25 shorthand goals by a Mr Dave Keon while wearing the Leafs uniform. I’m almost completely convinced that would be more than Mr Sundin’s 23. And that’s with no totals listed for Keon’s first 3 seasons. (Should we mention Keon’s 4 Stanley Cups? Nah.)

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 12, 2012 at 3:03 AM

      Oh, I also count 49 game-winners, which might just be more than Sittler’s 42, putting Keon 2nd and Sittler 3rd.

  3. rainyday56 - Nov 12, 2012 at 7:53 AM

    Ironic that Burnaby Joe and Matts are entering the HOF at the same time. Former team mates in Quebec, if Joe could talk, he’d tell you that Matts was no Foppa then. Especially the disappearing act Matts performed during the Nordiques great 1st round melt down against the habs in ’93.

  4. danphipps01 - Nov 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    I still think Shanahan deserved the first-year entry way more. No discredit to Mats, but Shanahan was just plain better in nearly every way, and his numbers and accolades dwarf Sundin’s. But, whatever, Shanny’s a sure bet this year.

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