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Mats Sundin inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

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Mats Sundin inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
13:31 CET+01:00
Swedish ice hockey star Mats Sundin was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday, making him only the second Swede to ever receive the honour.

"On the plane over here, I was thinking to myself, 'How I can I recognize everyone that has supported me over the years?'" Sundin said at the ceremony, according to the official National Hockey League website.

"I wish I could meet everyone and say thanks for everything, but that's impossible. I dedicate my induction today to everyone that has supported me in my hockey career."

Sundin, who captured three World Championships with the Swedish national ice hockey team Tre Kronor, spent 13 seasons with the Maple Leafs and still holds Toronto club records for most points, goals, power-play goals, shorthanded goals, game-winning goals and overtime goals.

He is the only Swede to score over 500 goals in the exclusive league, scoring 564 times and recording 785 assists.

Sundin was also the first European-born player to be picked first overall in the NHL Draft, chosen by the Quebec Nordiques in 1989. He won a 2006 Olympic gold medal.

Sundin was inducted together with Canadians Joe Sakic and Adam Oates and the "Russian Rocket" Pavel Bure.

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