Oc­to­ber 12, 2016

The Hockey News - - NHL -

Aus­ton, On­tario

When Aus­ton Matthews opened the 2016-17 sea­son with four goals in his first NHL game, the league was em­phatic in declar­ing this was not a record, not­ing Harry Hyland and Joe Malone had scored five goals in their de­buts, and Reg No­ble also scored four. Puh-lease. Of the 631 play­ers to score in their first game, 52 have scored two goals and five have scored three goals. And then there are Matthews, No­ble, Hyland, and Malone. How­ever, Hyland was 29 years old and had played in the NHA (pre­cur­sor to the NHL) since 1909. Malone was 27 and had been play­ing pro­fes­sion­ally since 1908. No­ble was 21 and had two years of NHA play un­der his belt. Matthews’s feat should be con­sid­ered the rookie record.

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