Auston Matthews is a professional ice hockey player from the United States. Moreover, Auston Matthews plays at the center position and is an alternate captain for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Table of Biography
Auston Taylour Matthews best known as Auston Matthews was born on 17th September 1997, in San Ramon, California, the United States of America. As of now, he is 24 years old and he holds a nationality of the United States. Moreover, he has the zodiac sign of Virgo and he belongs to the Mexican-American ethnicity.
Talking about his parents, he is the son of Brian Matthews (father) and Ema Matthews (mother). His father used to play baseball in college and his mother is from Mexico. He has an elder sister, Alexandria, and a younger sister, Breyana. When he was a youngster, his parents moved to Scottsdale, Arizona.
He used to go to the local ‘Phoenix Coyotes’ games with his parents as a kid. As a result, he became interested in ice hockey. He began to show an interest in the game when he was five years old. He played baseball and ice hockey as a kid, and he shined at baseball.
He was a member of a spring hockey league when he was 12 years old. His minor hockey team, the Arizona Bobcats, had sons of former ice hockey players. Claude Lemieux (former Phoenix Coyotes player) put together one of his teams.
Boris Dorozhenko, a former Ukrainian ice hockey player who had already coached in Mexico, was his coach. Boris stayed with the Auston family for a few years after moving to the United States. In addition, Boris stayed with the Auston family for a few years after moving to the United States.
He enrolled at the ‘University of Nebraska Omaha’ for some online classes. His older sister assisted him with homework while he was playing in Switzerland.
Auston get the draft in the ‘WHL Bantam Draft’ in 2012 by the ‘Everett Silvertips,’ but he chose to play for the “US National U17” team instead. Ice hockey fans fascinate by his performance. He played for the “US National U18” team the following year, scoring 55 goals, 61 assists, and 116 points. He took first place, breaking Patrick Kane’s 102-point ‘National Team Development Program’ record from 2005 to 2006.
In September 2013, he broke his femur in a knee-to-knee collision during his second game with the ‘U-17 NTDP.’ He required surgery, but by December 2013, he was back and had scored 12 goals and 33 points in 24 games. He also played for the ‘U-18 NTDP’ later in the season.
American national team
He was a key member of the American team that won gold in the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championship. Similarly, his performance at the ‘2015 IIHF World U18 Championship’ earned the team gold. He received the ”USA Hockey Bob Johnson Award” for excellence in international events in May 2015. At the 2015 ‘World U18 Championship,’ he names the ‘Most Valuable Player.’
He was also the tournament’s ‘Best Forward,’ scoring the most goals. In addition, the names on the ‘Media All-Star Team.’ He was also on the 2015 roster, but due to a back injury, he was unable to play. He was two days late for the ‘2015 NHL Entry Draft.’ As a result, instead of continuing with the ‘U18’ team, he decided to pursue a professional career. He signed a contract with the ‘ZSC Lions’ to play in the ‘Swiss NLA’ in August 2015.
In September 2015, he made his NLA debut against ‘HC Fribourg-Gottéron’ and scored his first NLA goal in the same game. He was the second-leading scorer for the ‘Lions’ (and tenth in the ‘NLA’) after the 2015–2016 regular season, winning the ‘NLA Rising Star Award.’ He went on to win the ‘NLA Youngster of the Year Award,’ which is given to the league’s top rookie.
‘Toronto Maple Leafs’
The ‘Toronto Maple Leafs’ selected him first overall in the ‘2016 NHL Draft’ in June 2016. He’s the first American to be selected with the #1 choice since Patrick Kane in 2007. He debuted with the ”Toronto Maple Leafs” against the ”Ottawa Senators,’ scoring four goals in his first ‘NHL” game, which was a record in the history of modern ‘NHL’ games. The previous record was set in December 1917, when five goals were scored in the first game in the existence of the ‘NHL.’
In December 2016, he scored the game-winning goal in the ‘NHL Centennial Classic,’ and the ‘Maple Leafs’ won 5–4. He was the lone member of his club to be named for the ‘2017 NHL All-Star Game.’ During that season, he broke many ‘NHL’ records. In March 2017, he broke the record by scoring his 35th goal. When he scored his 39th goal and 67th point in April 2017, he set two records: most points in a season and most goals by an American-born rookie. He scored a total of 40 goals during the season. Moreover, he was the fourth teen in NHL history to accomplish the feat in the first season, and the league’s second-leading scorer.
He was the first player in the ‘NHL’ to start his career with the most goals in a row. He received a concussion on December 9, 2017, when he collided with a player during a game against the ‘Pittsburgh Penguins.’ He had to miss the next six games as a result. In addition, he was the only player from the ‘Maple Leafs’ to play in the ‘2018 NHL All-Star Game.’ In February 2018, he suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to sit out for the next ten days. In March 2018, his performance helped the ”Maple Leafs” defeat the ”Nashville Predators” 5–2. His club made it to the ‘Stanley Cup,’ but they get defeated by the ‘Boston Bruins.’
Awards and Net worth
Auston won the ‘NLA Rising Star Award,’ the ‘NLA Media Most Improved Player,’ and the ‘NLA Youngster of the Year’ in the 2015–2016 season. In addition, he names to the ‘NLA Media All-Star Team.’ He win the ”Bob Johnson Award” for international competition excellence in 2015. He names ‘MVP’ of the ‘2015 IIHF World U18 Championship.’ In the same competition, he was the scoring leader and a member of the ‘Media All-Star Team.’ He won the ”NHL Rookie of the Month” award in December 2016 and the ‘Calder Memorial Trophy’ in 2017.
His net worth estimates at around $63 million which he earned from his profession. From brand endorsement, he collected around $2.3 million. Moreover, he also donated some money to charitable works.
Talking about his relationship, he is in a relationship with his girlfriend Emily Rutledge. Besides that, there is not much information regarding their love life. He charges with disorderly conduct in September 2019 after exposing his underpants to a female security guard in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, in May 2019.
He says that not informing Maple Leaf’s team management about the incident was “an error in judgment,”. And it was speculated that this contributed to the decision not to offer him the captaincy of the Maple Leafs. On November 13, 2019, the charges get dropped after he and the complainant reached an agreement
Body measurement and Social media
He stands 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 100 kg. Moreover, he has an athletic body build with black hair and dark brown eyes color.
On his Instagram page, there are more than779k followers. Likewise, there are more than 250.2k followers on Twitter and he is not active on Facebook.