Mats Sundin addressed a large scrum of reporters in Toronto on Thursday afternoon, returning to the city for the first time in a couple of months after spending the summer in his native Sweden. The 37-year-old steadfastly maintained that he is still deciding on whether to play in the NHL in the 2008-09 season, and would not commit to a decision date.
“I just hope that people respect or can understand if I’m not ready to make that decision to continue with my hockey career,” said Sundin. “I think I’ve earned the right to make that decision when I feel it’s good for myself. I think it’s impossible for anyone else to make that decision.”
The long-serving captain also stated that there is no medical obstacle that is factoring into the delay of the decision. In addition, the Leafs all-time leading scorer stated that he’ll play only in the NHL, and not in any of the European leagues, should he decide to remain in hockey.
Sundin joins a host of NHL players and Hollywood celebrities for Friday’s Festival Cup game at Air Canada Centre in support of the charity Right to Play.
Link: Canadian Press