Today in Sports History: October 12

By Jonah Sharf

On October 12, 2016, Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs made his NHL debut at just 19 years old. He scored four goals that night, becoming the first player in modern NHL history to score four goals in an NHL debut. In his rookie season, he helped lead the Maple Leafs to their first playoffs in a full season since 2004, and became the first teenager to score a goal in four straight playoff games since 1986. He was named the Calder Memorial Trophy winner after his rookie season, and has been an All-Star in his first two full seasons.

 

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