Leafs forward Auston Matthews was named as one of 40 players to participate in the NHL All-Star Game to be held on January 29 in Los Angeles.

Matthews was nominated along with Winnipeg’s Patrick Laine – his co-leader among NHL rookies with 21 goals apiece this season.

At 19 years of age, Matthews will be the Leafs’ youngest All-Star Game participant since Wendel Clark in 1985-86, which was the rookie season for the Leafs legend.

“I’m excited for Auston,” Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello told TSN 1050. “He deserves it. He’s done everything on the ice with success, the numbers, the role he’s played in the success we’ve had to this point, and the growth. So I’m excited for him. He will represent the Maple Leafs at the highest level.

He’s a mature individual. He will go there and absorb – and soak in – everything he can, because that’s the type of person he is. And he will come out a better player and a better person when he comes back.”