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Auston Matthews

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Auston Matthews is an American professional ice hockey center for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League.

Ice Hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Toronto, Ontario, that competes in the National Hockey League.

The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 member clubs: 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada.

Auston Matthews - 2015 WJC Highlights by bigwhite06

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Previously, Matthews played for the U.S. National U18 Team in the USHL.

Auston Matthews - 2016 IIHF WJC Highlights by bigwhite06

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Widely considered the top prospect of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Matthews was drafted first overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

2016 is the current year, and is a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.

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This was the first time the franchise selected first overall since they took Wendel Clark in 1985.

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Born in San Ramon, California, Matthews and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona when Matthews was an infant.

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area.

San Ramon is an affluent city in Contra Costa County, California, United States.

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It was here where he learned to play hockey, developing an interest after watching the local Phoenix Coyotes play.

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Internationally, Matthews has represented the United States in numerous tournaments including a U17 WHC gold medal, two U18 WJC gold medals, and two IIHF World U20 Championship appearances.

The IIHF Ice Hockey World Junior Championships, commonly known simply as the World Juniors, is an annual event organized by the International Ice Hockey Federation for national under-20 ice hockey teams from around the world.

The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

The International Ice Hockey Federation is a worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey.

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