Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews surprises SickKids patients with virtual visit

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Even from afar, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews can make a difference for patients at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto.

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.

“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.

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