Mats Sundin held a press conference in Sweden today to announce his offical retirement from the National Hockey League.
Sundin who recently married, explained it was simply time.
”It was just time, I think. Obviously, it’s not an easy decision but I feel with body and soul right now, it’s time to quit my professional career as a hockey player,” said Sundin. ”I’m very glad that I played last season with the Vancouver Canucks and I think I needed that. But now with the season getting started again, it actually feels nice not having to practice every day and play games every other day so I think this is the right time for me.”
Sundin leaves the game at the age of 38, having amassed 1,349 points (564 goals, 785 assists over 1,346), ranking him 25th on the all-time list. He thanked the organizations he played for, and called the city of Toronto his second home.
I’m obviously very grateful for having a chance to play in the National Hockey League and represent the Quebec Nordiques, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks,” said Sundin. “It has been a dream come true for me.”
“I spent 13 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs and I had the honour to be the captain for the most historic and greatest franchise in hockey history and it’s also my second home,” added Sundin.
Sundin spent part of last season with the Vancouver Canucks, and the reviews were mixed on the tenure. Some felt Sundin had clearly lost a step, and some were angry how long it took him to get into shape. The club maintained he was a valuable addition, and in the playoffs, Sundin played his best hockey for the team.