Matthews has joined teammates on hospital trips in the past, but on Wednesday the 22-year-old surprised some kids via video chat and answered a few of their questions.
Today @AM34 surprised patients with a virtual visit! Auston chatted about his of hockey & Mexican food & how he’s making the most of #PhysicalDistancing by spending time with fam. Thanks Auston for bringing SickKids a little dose of the @MapleLeafs. We miss you! #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/LfFwushbOF
— SickKids Foundation (@sickkids) April 1, 2020
“What’s your favorite thing to do?” one child asked rather bluntly, prompting a laugh from the centreman.
“I think my favourite thing to do is probably play hockey, first and foremost,” said Matthews, a four-time 30-goal scorer for the Maple Leafs.
“But obviously in times like this when you can’t play hockey, I’ve been spending quite a lot of time with my family and just enjoying the downtime as much as I can. And trying to stay as active as I can as well.”
Matthews was then asked about his favourite food (Mexican and Italian) and later said hello to a young fan who had undergone open-heart surgery.
SickKids has held other virtual visits recently, with Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio and Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.