It was on this day in 2002 that Toronto Maple Leafs captain, Mats Sundin, set a new record for Swedish-born players with his 395th career goal.
On this day in 2002, Mats Sundin scored his 395th career NHL goal, becoming the leading goal-scorer among Sweden-born NHL players #Hockey365 #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/DXHXidD6ae
— Mike Commito (@mikecommito) April 6, 2020
On April 6th, 2002, Mats Sundin’s second period goal against the Florida Panthers not only tied the game at two apiece but also broke the record set by Tomas Sandstrom for most NHL goals scored by a Swedish-born player. Set in 1964, Sandstrom’s record stood for nearly 30 years before Sundin registered his 395th career goal, setting a new benchmark for his fellow countrymen to chase.
As of this writing, Mats Sundin still holds the record for most goals by a Swede after retiring with 564, which is 120 more than the second place Daniel Alfredsson. The nearest Swedish-born players that are currently in the hunt for Sundin’s record of 564 career goals include Loui Eriksson (250), Alex Steen (245), and Nicklas Backstrom (243). Though, those three players obviously still have a long ways to go.
SUNDIN’S 2002 NHL SEASON
Author: Nation World HQ / The Leafs Nation