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Game night in Toronto already has an Auston Matthews feel to it, from the No. 34 sweaters streaming into the Air Canada Centre to his fingerprints on the scoresheet.

But Hogtown can claim only so much of him, which becomes apparent any time the club’s leading scorer comes back to Arizona, in this case a fortunate bit of scheduling with Thursday’s game against the Coyotes that was preceded by the NHL’s Christmas break.

First, Matthews reacquainted himself with his mother Ema’s home cooking for the holidays.

“I haven’t eaten out at all since I’ve been back https://www.tormapleleafsfans.com/morgan-rielly-jersey-c-5.html,” Matthews remarked on Wednesday as the Leafs regrouped for practice at Gila River Arena. “I just have her cook for me every meal. It’s just nice to sit down with my family. They’re not around as much, especially throughout junior hockey when you’re away a lot.

“So, you have to cherish the times you can come home on little trips like this and be around them.”



Mats Zuccarello versus Auston Matthews on Dec. 23 https://www.tormapleleafsfans.com/ron-hainsey-jersey-c-6.html, 2017 GETTY IMAGES
After flying here from New York following a win over the Rangers, Matthews spent some time with friends and on the links with his father Brian and younger sister Breyana, who is quite a golfer.

“No snow or rain here https://www.tormapleleafsfans.com/jake-gardiner-jersey-c-7.html, it’s just all sun right now,” Matthews said of the most obvious advantage of escaping Toronto this time of year. “It’s pretty nice. Get away from hockey for a couple of days, don’t have to think about it, just kind of recharge the batteries.”

Matthews, 20, has begun leaving his stamp on this area, too. The publicity that surrounded his first overall selection in 2016, and the rise of fellow NHLers from the area — some of them sons of transplanted Winnipeg Jets — have seen a spike in youth hockey.

As Matthews and the Leafs departed one door of Gila River Arena, the Little Howlers club, an instruction program run by the Coyotes, was having its award ceremony in a conference room. A long line of boys and girls, a few with Hispanic names and many wearing NHL colours, getting introduced one by one with a college graduation march playing for effect.

“Hockey’s really grown here, especially the last couple of years,” Matthews said. “It’s just cool to be a part of that. All the support that comes from here William Nylander Jersey, being here in the summer and just going to the rinks, seeing a lot of kids come up to you, it’s definitely pretty humbling. It’s nice to be a part of that growth.”

Yet Matthews can still walk the streets in anonymity, this being primarily a baseball town.

“Just if I step inside a hockey rink,” he added. “It’s kind of different.”

Though smug Canadians might not think much of the Coyotes arena, with its remote location from downtown, struggles with attendance and its Cup dreams far off, Gila Arena and its predecessor, America West, made quite an impression on young Auston.

His late uncle Bill had season’s tickets and provided Auston his first game experience. He was about two and fascinated by everything, especially the Zamboni and took to hockey from the moment Brian and Ema let him try out the sport.

On Thursday, the whole clan will be watching from a private suite they acquired to make ticket demand simpler.

“Pretty much my whole family will be there — my grandparents, my Mom’s side that live in Arizona,” Matthews said. “It’s probably going to be a packed house.”

CYSTIC FIBROSIS ‘HITS HOME’

Auston Matthews is well known to some patients at Sickkids children’s hospital in Toronto — and not only because they see him on TV.

Matthews has made a few unpublicized visits to the world renowned facility’s Cystic Fibrosis Centre, a gesture he and his father Brian wanted to make in memory of Auston’s uncle Bill. Brian’s brother, who was credited with first stoking a love of hockey in Auston through his Coyotes season’s tickets, passed away from the condition when Auston was just a few years old.

“Him and my dad were very close,” Auston said Wednesday. “That disease hits home to my family, myself. So, when we found out the type of work they do at Sickkids, it was definitely something we wanted to look into, to kind of make a difference.”

Matthews comes by the ward about once a month, speaking to as many children as he can, but particularly those are most in need of one on one support or cheering up.

Brian was a college baseball player and Bill was remembered as an athletically inclined man.

“But back then, it was tough, with treatments and everything,” Auston said. “When you’re battling that disease it’s kind of tough to get out when you’re always in the hospital and taking 50 pills every meal. Times have definitely changed as far as that disease and the treatments.”


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