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In June, Auston Matthews became just the seventh American taken No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft. Four Months later he had a debut for the ages.
Not only did Matthews score in his debut for the Toronto Maple Leafs, he added three more later on. In fact, he scored four gaols in the first two periods of his NHL career.
Now that is how to make a debut for the 19-year-old from Arizona. He is just the fifth player to have a hat trick in their NHL debut, the first to have four goals, and he is just the fourth player in the last 30 years with four goals in a game before turning 20.
Here are the first three goals. The second one is a real beauty (via NBCSN).
His mom was in attendance, and needless to say, she was excited.
In fact, she started to cry after the third goal.
How good was this debut?
Just check out Matthews’ Wikipedia page.