Both Mats Sundin (Toronto) and Jeremy Roenick (Phoenix) were honored by their former teams last night, as each had their number retired by their respective teams.
Sundin, who played 13 season with the Maple Leafs, had his No. 13 raised high to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre, prior to the Leafs contest with the Montreal Canadiens.
Over his 13 seasons in Toronto, the former Leafs' captain notched his name in their storied history, as he is their current all-time goals leader (420) and leads the franchise in points with 987.
Sundin's number, which joins fellow Swede Borje Salming's No. 21 in the rafters, is only the 18th number to be retired by the organization.
The celebrations weren't over, however, as Roenick's No. 97 was sent high to the Coyotes' Ring of Honor. Roenick, who spent six years of his 20-year NHL career in the desert is the fourth (third player) to enter the Ring of Honor as a Coyote, joining former teammates Teppo Numminen and Keith Tkachuk. Wayne Gretzky's No. 99 is also included in the Ring, as well as former Winnipeg Jets (the original edition), Bobby Hull, Dale Hawerchuk and Thomas Steen.
The celebration was held prior to the Coyotes' 3-0 shutout over Roenick's other former team, the Chicago Blackhawks. While immensely honored by the Coyotes' gesture, Roenick was adamant that he hopes to have his No. 27 one day retired by the Blackhawks as well, where he spent the first eight years of his career, before being traded to the Coyotes prior to the '96-97 season.
Mats Sundin’s #13 banner was raised to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday night, and it made me think back to his time in Vancouver. Sundin, as you might remember, spent half a season in blue and green during the 2008-09 season. The Mats Sundin that Canucks fans got to see, at age 38, wasn’t of hall of fame caliber but he wasn’t a bust either.
The Toronto Maple Leafs raised Mats Sundin's No. 13 to the rafters at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday.The longtime Maple Leafs captain had his number officially retired in pregame ceremony before the Maple Leafs faced the Montreal Canadiens.The Swede played 13 seasons in Toronto and is the 18th player to have his number retired by the team.Sundin is the Maple Leafs' franchise...
Jeremy Roenick entered the Coyotes' Ring of Honor having his No. 97 jersey retired on Saturday.Roenick was honored in a pregame ceremony before the Coyotes game against the Chicago Blackhawks.Roenick played eight seasons with the Blackhawks before he was acquired
by the Coyotes in 1996. He played 454 games in Phoenix, collecting 152
goals, 227 assists and 379 points.The outspoken...
from NHL.com, Mats Sundin thanked his family, teammates, coaches and the fans of Toronto before a banner honoring his No. 13 was raised to the rafters of the Air Canada Centre prior to the Maple Leafs’ game against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
The Leafs also honored Sundin, the franchise’s all-time leader in goals (420) and points (987) by having all of their players...
TORONTO (Feb. 10) â There is no debating that the most fortunate aspect of my years covering the Toronto Maple Leafs was being in the professional company of Mats Sundin. His tenure with the Blue and White â and my 14 consecutive seasons following the team, home and away, for The Fan-590 (now Sportsnet-590) â coincided almost precisely; he left the club one year before...
Coyotes owner Richard Burke, executive vice president of hockey operations Bobby Smith, general manager John Paddock and assistant general manager Taylor Burke had just arrived with the transplanted Winnipeg Jets in Phoenix in the summer of 1996.
They liked the young talent on their roster and liked the opportune timing of their arrival.
The Suns were three days away from trading...
It was if we were transported back in time. Seeing Mats Sundin standing at center ice at the Air Canada Center receiving the plaudits and admiration of over 19,000 grateful Toronto fans for his great career.....a nice moment for a classy gentlemanâ¦â¦ and then the game began.
Apparently the current edition of the Blue-And-White decided to honor the former captain not only...
With former captain Mats Sundin on hand to have his number 13 raised to the rafters, the former Maple Leaf captain's scoring touch would have come in handy on Saturday as the Montreal Canadiens shutout Toronto 5-0 at the Air Canada Centre.
The Leafs outshot the Habs by a 32-18 margin, but were unable to finish as Carey Price stopped every shot he saw to earn his fourth shutout...
Carey Price turned aside 32 shots, and the Montreal Canadiens hammered Toronto 5-0 on Saturday night after the Maple Leafs retired the number of longtime former captain Mats Sundin. It was the third straight loss for the Maple Leafs, who remained in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has won four in a row and is seven points back of the postseason cutoff.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star, Despite the injuries, the Flames knocked off high-flying Vancouver in a shootout on Saturday night and have lost only two of their last 10. The Leafs turned Mats Sundin Appreciation Night into an unholy disaster against Montreal, and just 10 days after seeming to make an emphatic statement by hammering the Senators in Ottawa, they are now again...
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