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Matthews plays name game with Lazlo Holmes

Maple Leafs forward gives clueless NHL reporter spelling lesson in latest interview @NHLdotcom

Lazlo Holmes interviews Matthews

Lazlo Holmes interviews Toronto's Auston Matthews

NBC's Special NHL Correspondent Lazlo Holmes has an exclusive interview with Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, and learns a bit about him

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Lazlo Holmes has finally met an NHL player with a name he can understand -- sort of. 

Holmes, the clueless fill-in NHL reporter who first appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in 2017, chats with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews in his latest interview and feels like he finally has the name game down.

At least until Matthews tells him he spells his first name with an "O," not an "I."

"Is that a League requirement to have a not-normal name," Holmes, portrayed by Chance The Rapper, asks Matthews.

"Yeah, actually Commissioner Bettman requires you to have not a normal name," Matthews responds.

Holmes, who in previous interviews has had trouble with the names of New York Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei and Vegas Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault, is taken aback even more when he finds out that Matthews grew up in Arizona.

Then he gets a bit confused when Matthews tells him he was the first pick in the NHL Draft. Of course, that was in 2016, but Holmes seems to think Matthews was the first player ever drafted in League history.

"This man is the first overall ever, if ever, draft pick," Holmes said. Then, perhaps taking a shot at Matthews' style, adds, "He looks like the prime suspect in a game of Clue."

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