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Auston Matthews' parents and family as Maple Leafs star wins MVP awards

Joshua Rogers June 22, 2022
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Meet Auston Matthews’ parents and family after the Toronto Maple Leafs star won MVP awards at the NHL awards ceremony.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player on Tuesday (21 June 2022) at the NHL awards.

The 24-year-old star received 119 first-place votes from the Professional Hockey Writers Association and finished well ahead of Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Rangers’ Igor Shesterkin.

Matthews scored 60 goals this season, leading the NHL for the second straight season. He becomes only the third Maple Leaf to win the award and the first to do so since Ted Kennedy in 1954-55.

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Auston also collected the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHLPA’s most outstanding player. Per ESPN, he set a Maple Leafs franchise record and the single-season record for most goals by an American-born player, and led the NHL in even-strength goals (44), goals per game (0.82) and shots (348).

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Award is bitter-sweet for Matthews

“I think it’s a tremendous honor to wear the blue and white, represent the city of Toronto and wear the Maple Leaf every night,” Matthews said at the NHL awards on Tuesday. “Every time you get your name etched in history, with an organization like that, it’s something I don’t take for granted.”

“I can’t lie, it feels really good. It’s pretty special,” Matthews told CBC. He accepted the award in Tampa, home of the Lightning, who beat the Maple Leafs in this year’s playoffs. It is also where the Lightning are playing in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final vs the Colorado Avalanche.

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Auston Matthews’ parents and ethnicity

The Maple Leafs forward finished his speech by adding: “It’s special to have my family here with me. There are a lot of great players in that room.”

Matthews was born on 17 September 1997 in San Ramon, California. Auston Matthews’ parents are Brian Matthews, who is from California, and mother Ema, who is originally from Hermosillo, Mexico.

Matthews speaks a bit of Spanish thanks to his mother’s Mexican roots. He is American by nationality, and has represented USA on several occasions. By ethnicity, Matthews is Mexican-American.

His father is chief technology officer of a New Jersey-based manufacturing firm.

His parents supported him despite not knowing anything about hockey

Auston’s dad Brian played baseball in college but, from an early age, Matthews got into ice hockey after accompanying his parents to watch the local Phoenix Coyotes. Auston and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when he was very young.

As a child, he played baseball and ice hockey. However, Matthews opted to pursue a career in hockey because he disliked the slow pace of baseball. His parents encouraged and supported his passion despite not knowing anything about hockey, SportsNet reports.

What we know about the rest of Auston Matthews’ family

The Maples Leafs star comes from a sporting family. His uncle, Wes Matthews, briefly played for the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.

Matthews has an elder sister, Alexandria, and a younger sister, Breyana. Alexandria Matthews, who is three years older than Auston, is a professional golfer who played in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).

It is unclear whether she still plays as her Instagram account shows her jet-setting around the world:

Breyana Matthews, Auston’s younger sister, is a 19-year-old college student.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.