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NHL Star Auston Matthews Teases Fans In ASU Hockey Video

STEVE GOLDSTEIN: Well Lauren, school has officially started up again for college students. ASU's first full week starts today.

LAUREN GILGER: I’m so glad we don't have to go back to school and that college is in my past.

GOLDSTEIN: But, what if you didn’t go to college and you were instead were drafted to the National Hockey League?

GILGER: Well that would be astonishing because I do not know how to play hockey.

GOLDSTEIN: Well that's what happened to Scottsdale native Auston Matthews in 2016. He was 18 years old, became a rookie for the Toronto Maple Leafs. But last week really got ASU hockey fans excited.

GILGER: The video shows a Matthews driving up to Oceanside Ice Arena, home of Sun Devil Hockey, and walking into the locker room where a light shines on the new golden jersey unveiled by ASU the day before.

GOLDSTEIN: Matthews throws on the jersey, shows off his puck handling skills until Sun Devil equipment manager Jon Laughner catches him on the ice. They joke that the uniform looks pretty good on him, which causes the rumor mill of Twitter to speculate if Matthews is coming home.

GILGER: While I’m sure Coyotes fans would love that, he’s headed back to Toronto this fall, though, for his fourth season with the Maple Leafs. And the video is up to 400,000 views.

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Amanda Luberto was born in California but considers herself a native to the Valley of the Sun. She started as a producer at KJZZ in October 2017, but also interned in the newsroom as a student. She is a proud alumna of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.She has been interested in radio since starting school in 2013. She spent two years as the music director for ASU’s college station, Blaze Radio, and one year as station manager. She spent time as a music programming intern in Washington, D.C., at Sirius XM and as a tech broadcaster for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS. Luberto is dedicated and passionate about quality local storytelling and original content broadcasting.Luberto also spent years as the co-founder and chapter leader of Arizona State University’s chapter of I Am That Girl, an international women’s empowerment organization focused on the collaboration of women and building self-love. She believes in the strength of women supporting women.Her favorite podcast episode is This American Life’s “Fermi’s Paradox,” and she highly suggests you listen to it. Off air, you can find Luberto adding to her list of concerts attended, sipping at a local coffee shop or cheering on the Arizona Coyotes.