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Toronto’s Auston Matthews named NHL Rookie of the Year

THE CANADIAN PRESS | posted Thursday, Jun 22nd, 2017

Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) celebrates with teammates after scoring a power play goal against the New York Islanders during third period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, Feb.14, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews is seen during second period NHL hockey action against the Tampa Bay Lightning, in Toronto on Thursday, April 6, 2017. Count Washington Capitals centre Evgeny Kuznetsov as a fan of Auston Matthews.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews was named the Calder Trophy winner as the NHL’s top rookie at the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

Matthews led all first-year players this season and tied for second in the league with 40 goals, including four in his NHL debut.

He is the first rookie to hit the 40-goal mark since Alex Ovechkin in 2005-06.

The California-born, Arizona-raised forward added 29 assists to pace all rookies with 69 points as he helped lead the Leafs into the playoffs for just the second time over the last 12 seasons.

Matthews is the first Leaf to win the Calder since Brit Selby in 1965-66.

Winnipeg right-wing Patrik Laine and Columbus defenceman Zach Werenski were the other finalists for the award.

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