Auston Matthews' first NHL game was memorable - and not just for him. It will remain for Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson, who was in goal when the Toronto Maple Leafs rookie scored four on him back on the night on Oct. 12, 2016.
Anderson admitted to Ottawa Sun'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.
“Thanks ‘Four’ making my first game memorable,” Matthews wrote on the stick.
Maybe Anderson will look for some payback as the Sens and Leafs face off tonight in a Battle of Ontario!