Niagara Falls native makes his Toronto Maple Leafs debut in win over Devils


Published November 24, 2022 at 12:48 pm

He didn't score a goal or notch an assist but Mac Hollowell debuted with the Maple Leafs last night in a game that saw them squash New Jersey's 13-game win streak. (Photo:

He didn’t score a goal, notch an assist or even spent a minute in the penalty box.

However, Niagara Falls native Matt Holloway made his big league debut last night (November 23) with the Toronto Maple Leafs and his claim to fame thus far can be that he helped the team put a halt to the New Jersey Devils’ 13-game winning streak.

Granted, the Leafs’ 2-1 victory was not without its controversial moments as the Devils had three goals called back for various infractions.

That said, his promotion from the Toronto Marlie is both a dream come true for the 24-year-old and fills a desperate need for the team – a defenceman with a right-hand shot.

Last night, he was paired up with veteran defenceman Jordie Benn after being called up when Morgan Reilly was placed on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury that will sideline him for at least 10 games.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment since I was a little kid,” Hollowell told reporters Tuesday after head coach Sheldon Keefe confirmed his place in the lineup. “Just want to make my mark with team, help them win games.”

Hollowell signed a one-year extension with the Maple Leafs in February with his two-way deal being worth $750,000 at the NHL level.

Drafted by the Leafs in 2018, Hollowell has spent his career with the Marlies, waiting for the call.

Injuries to three key Leafs defencemen – Jake Muzzin, T.J. Brodie and Reilly – has finally given him the opportunity to shine on the big stage.

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