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NHL History: Mats Sundin sets NHL goal record for Swedish-born players

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 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.

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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

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM +/- PGP G A Pts PIM
2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 41 39 80 94 6 8 2 5 7 4
NHL Totals 1346 564 785 1349 1093 91 38 44 82 74