Top prospect Auston Matthews blazes new path with a little help from mom
Auston Matthews gets by with a little help from his mom.
The top prospect for the 2016 NHL Draft is forging his own developmental path by playing his draft-year season in Europe, but luckily the 18-year-old is not completely on his own yet. Matthews, who plays for the Zurich Lions in the top Swiss hockey league this season, enjoys incredible support from his family, as his mother, Ema Matthews, and college-aged sister Alex moved with Auston to Switzerland as Auston looks to become the first American player selected first overall in the NHL Draft since Patrick Kane achieved that feat in 2007.
“The whole family felt it was important for Auston to have family support in another country,” Ema Matthews told NHL.com. “It was a relatively easy decision for all of us. We understood the sacrifices we were making, and any of them would have done the same for the others if asked.”
While Auston is busy playing hockey, his mother cooks highly nutritious meals and cleans up after her son. Sister Alex helps Auston with his schoolwork, as he is currently enrolled in a few online courses through the University of Nebraska. Meanwhile, Auston said he still speaks daily to his father, who remained at home in Scottsdale, Ariz. to hold down the fort while his family helps Auston out in Zurich.
The trip is far from a vacation for anyone. Ema Matthews told NHL.com that the trio have not done much traveling while in Switzerland because they are so focused on helping and supporting Auston. But it seems like it's a sacrifice the Matthews family is more than willing to make in order to help Auston achieve his dreams.