65 Facts About Auston Matthews


Auston Taylour Matthews was born on September 17,1997 and is an American professional ice hockey center and alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

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Auston Matthews was widely considered the top prospect of the draft, and was selected first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Auston Matthews became the first player in modern NHL history to score four goals in his NHL debut.

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Auston Matthews's performance won him the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie for the season.

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Auston Matthews was awarded the Ted Lindsay Award most outstanding player, as voted by his peers, and the Hart Trophy for Most Valuable Player.

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Internationally, Auston Matthews has represented the United States on several occasions, including a U17 World Hockey Challenge, two U18 World Championships, two U20 World Championships, and one IIHF World Championship appearance.

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Auston Taylour Matthews was born in San Ramon, California to Brian, from California, and Ema, originally from Hermosillo, Mexico.

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Auston Matthews first expressed a desire to play hockey shortly after his fifth birthday, and began playing with the Arizona Bobcats minor hockey program.

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On January 16,2006, Auston Matthews attended a game between the Coyotes and Washington Capitals where he witnessed Alexander Ovechkin's famous goal that would come to be known simply as "The Goal", where Ovechkin scored a goal while lying on his back after having been tripped by the Coyotes' defense.

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However, Auston Matthews opted to pursue a career in hockey because he disliked the slow pace of baseball.

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Auston Matthews played in the 2010 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Kharkov minor ice hockey team.

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Auston Matthews was drafted 57th overall by the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft but opted to play for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program, which participates in the United States Hockey League.

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On May 21,2015, Auston Matthews won the USA Hockey Bob Johnson Award for excellence in international competition.

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Auston Matthews was named the most valuable player at the 2015 World U18 Championships in addition to being named to the IIHF All-Star Team, and named the IIHF Best Forward after finishing as the tournament's top scorer.

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Rather than continue in American amateur hockey or play major junior hockey in the Canadian Hockey League, Auston Matthews chose to play professionally for his last season before he was eligible for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, having missed the 2015 NHL Entry Draft cutoff date of birth by two days.

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Auston Matthews was approached by Lions head coach Marc Crawford, who was awed by his skating and puck possession while scouting the 2015 World U18 Championships.

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Auston Matthews would spend most of the season on a line with Robert Nilsson, finding chemistry with the veteran forward.

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Auston Matthews won the NLA Rising Star Award and was second to Bouchard in voting for most valuable player.

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In late June, Auston Matthews was selected first overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, becoming the first American to be picked with the top selection since Patrick Kane in 2007.

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Auston Matthews had been widely expected to go first overall for several months leading up to the event, consistently topping prospect charts and major scouting report.

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Two weeks later, Auston Matthews was given the NLA Youngster of the Year award, reserved for the league's top rookie.

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Auston Matthews made his NHL debut in the Maple Leafs' first game of the season on October 12,2016, against the Ottawa Senators.

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Auston Matthews scored four goals in the game, all against Craig Anderson.

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Auston Matthews' jersey went on sale following his debut, and it quickly became the highest-selling jersey in the NHL.

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On January 10,2017, Auston Matthews was the only Leafs player selected to participate in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.

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On March 28,2017, Auston Matthews scored his 35th goal of the season, surpassing Wendel Clark's previous record for most goals in a season by a Leafs' rookie.

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Auston Matthews finished the year with 40 goals, second-most in the NHL.

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Auston Matthews' play assisted the Maple Leafs in making the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in a full season since 2004, where the team played the top-seeded Washington Capitals in the first round.

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In recognition for his accomplishments throughout the year, Auston Matthews was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, with 164 of 167 first-place votes.

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Auston Matthews was the first Maple Leafs' rookie to receive the trophy in 50 years since Brit Selby in 1966.

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Auston Matthews set the unofficial NHL record for most consecutive games with a shot on goal to start a career.

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On January 10,2018, Auston Matthews was selected as the sole Maple Leaf to participate in the 2018 NHL All-Star Game.

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Auston Matthews was not particularly productive in his second playoff run, finishing with one goal and one assist in seven games.

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Auston Matthews continued his goal streak the next game against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Washington Capitals.

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On December 27, Auston Matthews was voted as captain of the Atlantic Division in the 2019 National Hockey League All-Star Game.

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Auston Matthews later scored his 100th and 101st NHL goal on February 14, becoming the third-fastest Maple Leaf who began their career in Toronto to reach the milestone and the first since 1933.

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Auston Matthews was then named to his fourth straight All-Star appearance, but due to an "ongoing wrist condition", he would not participate in the festivities; he was replaced by Senators winger Brady Tkachuk.

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Auston Matthews scored twice in the five-game series, including the overtime winner to cap off an improbable three-goal rally in the last five minutes of Game 4.

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Auston Matthews became the first Maple Leaf to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy, awarded to the player who scored the most goals in the regular season.

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Auston Matthews was the first American winner, and the second to lead the NHL in goals.

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Auston Matthews was named as a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association to the league's most valuable player; he was the first Leaf finalist since Doug Gilmour in 1993.

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Auston Matthews ultimately finished second in Hart voting behind Connor McDavid.

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On March 14,2022, Auston Matthews was suspended for two games after crosschecking Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin at the 2022 Heritage Classic the day before.

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Auston Matthews set a franchise record for the fewest games necessary to score 50, having done so in 62 games.

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Auston Matthews was later named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, both for the second consecutive year; Connor McDavid was a finalist alongside Auston Matthews for both awards, as were Igor Shesterkin and Roman Josi for the Hart and Ted Lindsay, respectively.

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Auston Matthews finished the regular season having played 77 games and scored 60 goals, 46 assists and 106 points, all of which were career highs.

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Auston Matthews led all skaters in the series with 4 goals, 9 points, and 32 hits in the seven-game series.

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On June 21,2022, Auston Matthews was named the winner of both the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, receiving 119 Hart first-place votes to runner-up McDavid's 29.

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Auston Matthews was the first Leafs player to win the Lindsay, and the third to win the Hart - the first to do so in 67 years.

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Auston Matthews finished in the top 10 in voting for the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanlike conduct, and the Selke Trophy for his defensive play.

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Auston Matthews helped lead the United States men's national under-18 ice hockey team to gold at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championship.

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Auston Matthews did so again in the 2015 Championship, leading the tournament in scoring and being named the Most Valuable Player, as well as earning the top forward slot on the Media All-Star Team.

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Auston Matthews was named to the roster for the 2015 Deutschland Cup but was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a back injury.

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Later that year, Auston Matthews played with the United States national men's senior team at the 2016 IIHF World Championship, during which he led the Americans in point scoring.

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Later in 2016, Auston Matthews was announced as a member of Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

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Auston Matthews began the pre-tournament games playing left wing on the third line, playing alongside Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nathan MacKinnon.

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Auston Matthews finished the tournament with three points in three games played.

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Auston Matthews comes from a family of athletes, with his father having played college baseball and with an uncle, Wes Auston Matthews, who briefly played in the National Football League for the Miami Dolphins.

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Auston Matthews's father is the chief technology officer of a manufacturing company based in New Jersey.

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Auston Matthews has two sisters: Alexandria, a professional golfer on the LPGA, who is three years older, and Breyana, who is five years younger.

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Auston Matthews is a fan of players Jonathan Toews and Anze Kopitar due to their all around offensive and defensive game, has had his playing style compared to them.

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At the 2019 NHL Awards, Auston Matthews was named the cover athlete for EA Sports' ice hockey video game NHL 20.

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In September 2019, Auston Matthews was charged with disorderly conduct concerning an incident in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, in May 2019, after he exposed his underwear to a female security guard.

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Auston Matthews stated it was "an error in judgment" not to advise the Maple Leafs team management of the incident, and there was speculation that the incident contributed to the Leafs' decision to not give Auston Matthews the captaincy of the Maple Leafs.

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On June 19,2020, the Toronto Sun reported that Auston Matthews had tested positive for COVID-19 while at home in Scottsdale, Arizona before the start of training camp.

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