TORONTO (AP) — Auston Matthews is going to take a little break.
The 19-year-old is heading back home to Arizona for some rest and relaxation following a rookie season that will likely result in the first Maple Leafs’ Calder Trophy win in 51 years.
Matthews opted against playing for the United States at the upcoming world championships following a hectic two-year stretch that’s lacked almost any time off.
“It’s just kind of been nonstop so I’m not going to go,” Matthews said of the worlds in Germany and France after his exit interview with Leafs management.
“We met with Auston and we made that decision and we’re in full support of that decision,” added coach Mike Babcock.
It’s been a whirlwind two seasons for Matthews, who spent his draft year playing in Switzerland before a trip to Russia for the worlds last spring…