Sundin’s Return & Hockey Day in Canada

February 21, 2009

Today was CBC’s self-proclaimed “Hockey Day in Canada”. It was also Mats Sundin’s fist return to Toronto since joining the Vancouver Canucks. After spending 13 years as a Maple Leaf, this would be the first night Mats would step on the ice as a visitor and opponent. It was an emotional night to say the least. After watching Sundin lead the Leafs for so many years, I couldn’t help but respect the former captain and I believe the rest of Leafs nation felt the same way. During a commercial break, Leafs fans honoured Sundin with a standing ovation… and I could almost see a tear in his eye. this was quite unusual for Sundin who is known for his calm and collected demeanor.

But, hockey is hockey… a game still had to be played. And what a game it was; a close match, with many chances at both ends of the ice. In the end, a shootout was needed to decide the final outcome. Sundin was chosen as the third shooter for Vancouver and had the chance to win the game. And that’s what he did. What a finish! I’m just glad Sundin was given the respect he deserved.

“A class act for a class act” – Thanks Mats!

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