It was a night of few victories for the Toronto Maple Leafs, but there was one post-game moment worth celebrating.
After their loss to Columbus on Sunday night, Auston Matthews took a question from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun. In a calm and articulate response, Matthews let Simmons know he didn’t appreciate the veteran reporter “unethically” leaking news of Matthews’ positive COVID-19 test in June. Matthews then proceeded to answer the initial question asked of him.
First of all, it is unfortunate that I am getting a question from you at this point, Steve. I just wanted to say I didn’t appreciate the article you wrote about me a couple of months ago. I thought it was a bit unethical, to be honest.
Despite reports of positive tests on more than a half-dozen other NHL teams, only one player was identified publicly by the media.
Thankfully, Matthews made a full recovery from the virus and was one of few bright spots on the ice for the Leafs in a 2-0 loss to Columbus in Game 1.