In a news conference in Sweden this morning, Mats Sundin announced his retirement.
“It was a tough decision,” Sundin told reporters at a news conference at Stockholm’s Grand Hotel. “It’s sad to tell you today that my career as a pro hockey player is over.”
Sundin played his last season with the Vancouver Canucks with mixed results. After sitting out half a season, it took him a while to get his game going. And in fact, he didn’t play his best games until near the end of the postseason. To that point, some Canucks fans will remember him as the big, second-line centre the team had been looking for for years; others will remember him as the big, second-line centre who made $8.6 million. I think most agree that though, that in the course of his 20-year career, that he was one of the NHL’s best players on and off the ice.