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AZ Native With Tucson Family Makes History In His NHL Debut

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Auston Mathews is the Arizona-born, Scottsdale-raised hockey player who was the #1 overall pick in the NHL Draft.  He has a number of Tucson ties (with family here in the Old Pueblo).  Auston Mathew's mother was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico while his dad is from the United States.  The two were the proudest-parents-around as they sat in the crowd in Toronto to watch his NHL debut and record game!  

Here's a story from the Associated Press:

Auston Matthews is already doing the trick for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The No. 1 overall pick had three goals 22 minutes into his NHL debut against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.

Matthews is the fifth player to score three goals in his NHL debut since 1943-44, and the first since Derek Stepan with the New York Rangers in October 2010. No player has ever scored four goals in a debut.

Matthews scored on his first shot 8:21 into the period, snapping in a pass from Zach Hyman during a scrum around the net.

The second goal came with 5:42 left in the period. He dangled through a pair of Senators near the blue line, stole the puck from two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson along the boards then beat goalie Craig Anderson with an odd-angle forehand.

Matthews put Toronto ahead 3-2 with a one-timer from inside the right circle on a feed from Morgan Rielly 1:25 into the second period. Fans showered the ice with hats, and his mom was shown high-fiving fans and covering her face in disbelief.

Matthews scored on his first three shots of the game.

The 19-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, is the 12th first overall pick to score in his NHL debut. His parents were shown on the broadcast celebrating the first goal with a kiss.

Alex Smart (Montreal, 1943), Real Cloutier (Quebec, 1979) and Fabian Brunnstrom (Dallas, 2008) also had hat tricks in their first NHL games, though Cloutier played five seasons with the Nordiques in the WHA before that.

Here's more on Auston Mathews and his Tucson ties.

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