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Matthews video chats with kids from Toronto Hospital for Sick Children

Maple Leafs forward can't help but smile as he answers questions from young patients

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / Staff Writer

Auston Matthews virtually visited with some patients from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto on Wednesday.

The Toronto Maple Leafs forward fielded questions during a video chat session powered by Sick Kids Foundation.

When asked his favorite thing to do, Matthews answered that it was playing hockey, but since he wasn't able to do that right now due to the coronavirus pandemic, he enjoyed spending time with family.

Tweet from @sickkids: Today @AM34 surprised patients with a virtual visit! Auston chatted about his ������ of hockey & Mexican food & how he's making the most of #PhysicalDistancing by spending time with fam. Thanks Auston for bringing SickKids a little dose of the @MapleLeafs. We miss you! #LeafsForever

In the snippet shared by Sick Kids, Matthews also told another young inquirer that his favorite type of food was Mexican, thanks to his mother's home cooking.

Matthews wasn't the only one who spent some time online with the Sick Kids patients, as Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield and Toronto FC midfielder Jonathan Osorio also had a chat.

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