Auston Matthews looked like an established star in his NHL debut on Wednesday night.
And the No. 1 overall pick of the Maple Leafs made some history in the process.
Matthews recorded the quickest hat trick for a player making his NHL debut (since 1943-44), then became the first to score four goals in his first game, doing it all on opening night against the Senators in Ottawa.
The four goals came on his first six NHL shots.
At this pace, Matthews will break Wayne Gretzky’s NHL record for goals in late February of 2019, in his third NHL season and his 224th NHL game. Gretzky had 186 goals in his first 224 NHL games.
Matthews, a 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.
Matthews Mania no doubt already is sweeping the NHL, but don’t be in a rush to buy any of his jerseys just yet.
The NHL official store does not have any Matthews jerseys ready to go, so if fans want to purchase one, they have to customize it.
Information from The Associated Press, ESPN Stats Information and ESPN’s Darren Rovell was used in this report.