Craig Anderson and Auston Matthews will always be connected by Matthews’ first regular-season NHL game in which the Toronto Maple Leafs centre scored four goals on the Ottawa Senators netminder. It was a special moment for Matthews that night on Oct. 12, 2016—he did make NHL history after all—but it turns out it’s a night Anderson can also look back at fondly. In fact, Anderson told Postmedia’s Bruce Garrioch Friday that he kept the stick he used in the game as a memento and that he had the 2016 first-overall pick sign it. “I had the stick lying around and I thought, ‘Maybe I should get it signed,’ and, the next time [the Maple Leafs] were in town, he signed it for me,” Anderson said. Matthews didn’t merely sign his name beside a #34 though. The reigning Calder Trophy winner took a friendly jab at Anderson.
Leafs’ Auston Matthews once chirped Sens’ Craig Anderson with autograph
Sportsnet | Oct 21