Friday, November 30, 2012

1,000 Point NHL Player Autographs - #27 Mats Sundin

He was the first European-born and trained player to be drafted 1st overall in the NHL Entry Draft. And although it was done in 1989 by the Quebec Nordiques, Mats Sundin will always be considered a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Despite playing four seasons in Quebec (and one in Vancouver), Sundin will be remembered for his 13 seasons in the blue and white. Scoring 1,349 points (564 goals, 785 assists) in 1,346 games, Sundin is the 27th highest scorer in NHL history.

He never succeeded in bringing glory to the Maple Leafs but he had greater success on the international stage winning an Olympic gold medal and three World Championships with Sweden. He is also the first Swede to score 500 goals and 1,000 points.

From 1995-96 Upper Deck Be A Player comes this hard-signed Mats Sundin autograph from the Global Training subset. Appropriately signed in blue ink, this card was pack-pulled and is the only Mats Sundin autograph in my collection. As a Habs fan, one is definitely enough!

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