Matthews, Marner step up for bal­let

The Province - - SPORTS -

Not much rat­tles Aus­ton Matthews on the ice. But bal­let? The Maple Leafs sniper ad­mit­ted he is “a lit­tle ner­vous” ahead of his ap­pear­ance with team­mate Mitch Marner as Can­non Dolls in the Na­tional Bal­let of Canada’s Dec. 19 per­for­mance of the Nutcracker Suite. “As far as bal­let goes, zero (danc­ing ex­pe­ri­ence),” Matthews said. “As far as some other stuff, I’m not ter­ri­ble, but I am not ex­actly the most ag­ile per­son when it comes to danc­ing, so it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how I do there. We had this re­quest and of course Mitch jumped at it and wanted to do it. I was all for it, too. I think it will be fun, a pretty cool ex­pe­ri­ence.”

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