Hockey Night in Canada

Auston Matthews' home debut kicks off Maple Leafs centennial celebration

In addition to Auston Matthews' home debut, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have an extensive pre-game ceremony Saturday night to commemorate the team's centennial season celebration.

Pre-game ceremony, Blue Jays crossover planned for Saturday night

Auston Matthews makes his home debut Saturday against the Boston Bruins. (Steve Kingsman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Saturday evening will carry plenty of anticipation for Toronto sports fans.

Not only will the Toronto Blue Jays play Game 2 of the American League Championship Series in Cleveland (they trail 1-0), but the Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Boston Bruins in a home opener bubbling with excitable storylines.

Auston Matthews, fresh off a historic NHL debut, will play his first regular-season game in front of the hometown crowd as will fellow rookies Nikita Zaitsev and Mitch Marner.

"I think it's going to be awesome," Matthews said ahead of the game.

Frederik Andersen, the Leafs new No. 1 goaltender, will also make his first start in Toronto following a rough debut in a season-opening loss to the Ottawa Senators in which he allowed five goals on 30 shots.

On the docket additionally is an extensive pre-game ceremony as part of the Leafs' centennial season celebration, which will include a reveal of new banners for players whose numbers have been honoured as well as other potential surprises.

A live feed of the Jays game will be shown on the big screen indoors at Air Canada Centre until ceremonies begin at 5:30 p.m.

Earlier this week, as part of centennial season celebrations, the Leafs revealed new statues for Dave Keon, Tim Horton and Turk Broda on Legends Row and presented a list of the 100 greatest Leafs in team history with Keon landing at No. 1.

Dave Keon, Tim Horton and Turk Broda were the latest to be immortalized as bronze statues in the Toronto Maple Leafs 'Legends Row.' 1:56

Matthews' home debut might be the most intriguing aspect of the day on the hockey side. The 19-year-old became the first player in NHL history to score four goals in his highly-anticipated NHL debut.

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews set a new NHL record on Wednesday night by scoring four goals in his first regular season game, becoming the first player in league history to do so. 0:21

"All that's over with," Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. "There's a new game here today."