Maple Leafs’ Matthews reflects on Stanley Cup contender status

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Toronto Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews (34) celebrates his goal with teammates while playing against the Montreal Canadiens during first period NHL hockey action in Toronto on Wednesday, October 3, 2018. (Nathan Denette/CP)

Auston Matthews’ game has taken another step forward, with five goals, three assists, and NHL Player of the Week honours after the Toronto Maple Leafs’ opening three contests of the 2018-19 season.

By the looks of it, his fashion portfolio away from the rink is taking another step in the right direction as well.

After appearing in the September issue of GQ magazine, Matthews is now set to grace the cover of Sharp Magazine in their November issue.

The third-year centre touched on a wide range of topics in an interview with the magazine, including what it would be like to win a Stanley Cup with the Leafs — their first since 1967. The team’s Stanley Cup drought remains the longest among teams that have previously won a championship.

“I can’t imagine how insane it would be to win in a city like Toronto. … Just because they (fans) love the Leafs and the players and they’re so passionate. It’s actually something I think about quite a bit,” Matthews said.

“I want to win so badly, and so does everybody on the team. We have a product that can really compete for a championship.

“When I’m lying in bed at night and thinking about what it would be like, it’s just … it’s insanity. Honestly.”

With John Tavares now in Toronto for the long haul and the team’s high-powered offence scoring at will, it seems dreams of the Leafs reaching a Stanley Cup Final and winning Lord Stanley’s mug won’t die down for Matthews, or amongst the fanbase anytime soon.

Matthews also touched on being repeatedly asked about the status of the organization’s vacant captaincy, stating, “it gets painful sometimes.”

“In Toronto, you know, there’s lots of media and lots of stuff that gets blown out of proportion when it’s not really that big of a deal. That’s just part of playing in such a big market.”

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