John Tavares is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). The New York Islanders selected the center first overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He played 9 seasons with the Islanders and was the captain of the Islanders for five seasons. He has been named to NHL All-Star 6 times and was also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.
Prior to his NHL career, he was an outstanding junior athlete in CHL and OHL. He was named CHL Rookie of the Year in 2006 and CHL Player of the Year in 2007.
On the international level, he represented Canada at five International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)-sanctioned events. He won gold medals at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was part of the Canadian Hockey Team that won a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
What is John Tavares Famous For?
- Won the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
- Won gold medals at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.
- Named CHL Rookie of the Year 2006.
- Named CHL Player of the Year 2007.
Where is John Tavares From?
John Tavares was born on 20 September 1990. His birth place is in Mississauga, Ontario in Canada. He holds Canadian nationality. He was born to his father Joe Tavares and mother Barbara Tavares. The family moved to Oakville, Ontario when John was very young. He belongs to white ethnicity and his religion is Christianity. His zodiac sign is Virgo. He has two sisters, Barbara and Laura.
Regarding his educational background, he attended St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School. He earned the Oshawa Generals’ Scholastic Player of the Year in 2007-08.
John Tavares Career
- Tavares started playing hockey through Minor Oaks Hockey Association. He also played soccer and lacrosse. He was a ball boy for his uncle, John Tavares’s NLL team, the Buffalo Bandits.
- He moved to the Mississauga Braves of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GHTL).
- After the 1998-99 season, he moved to the Mississauga Senators of the GTHL.
- He won the GTHL minor atom championship in the 1999-2000 season with the Senators’ AAA minor atom team.
- He moved to the Toronto Marlboros of the GTHL.
- He led the Marlboros’s bantam team to the 2004 Bantam AAA Provincial Hockey Championships.
- For his achievements, he was honored with the Buck Houle Award, shared with Bryan Cameron.
- He also played with the Milton Icehawks of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.
- He made his Icehawks debut at the age of 13.
- OHL rules did not allow for players under age 15 to be drafted. However, OHL introduced an “exceptional player” clause that allowed 14 years old Tavares to be drafted in the OHL.
- He became the youngest player to ever be drafted in the OHL.
- The Oshawa Generals drafted him first overall in the 2005 OHL Draft. He also earned the jack Ferguson Award (the award given to the player picked first overall in the OHL Priority Selection).
- For his outstanding performance in 2005-06, he was named to the OHL’s all-rookie team. He also won the Emms Family Award and CHL Rookie of the Year Award.
- For his performance in the 2006-07 season, he was named the CHL Player of the Year and also awarded the Red Tilson Trophy.
- He missed several games in the 2007-08 season to represent Canada men’s national junior ice hockey team at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey championships.
- Following the 2007-08 season, the Generals traded Tavares to the London Knights.
- Tavares made an unsuccessful attempt to enter the 2008 NHL Entry Draft due to eligibility. He had to wait until 2009.
- The New York Islanders selected Tavares first overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
- He signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Islander in July 2009.
- He finished second in rookie scoring, behind Matt Duchene with 54 points in his first season with the Islanders.
- Tavares signed a six-year contract extension with the Islanders worth $33 million in September 2011.
- During the 2012-13 NHL lock-out, Tavares played for SC Bern in Switzerland. He became the PostFinance Top Scorer recording 17 goals in 28 games.
- Tavares suffered a torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) and a torn meniscus in his knee during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
- Tavares played 9 seasons with the Islanders. He captained 5 seasons.
- Tavares became a free agent following the 2017-18 season, he then signed with Toronto Maple Leafs.
- He signed a 7-year contract worth $77 million with the Leafs in July 2018. He had rejected a $91 million contracts from San Jose Sharks to join the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2018. If accepted, he would have become the highest-paid NHL player.
- He became the third player in Maple Leaf history to record 40 goals in his first season with the team.
- He also became the third player in modern team history since 1942 to record multiple hat tricks in his debut season with the club.
- He finished his debut season with the Maple Leafs with 47 goals and 88 points.
- He became the captain of the Maple Leafs in October 2019.
- Tavares suffered a senior injury in a Stanley Cup Playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens on 20 May 2021. he was stretchered off after taking an inadvertent knee to the head midway through the first period, following a hit on Tavares near the leaf’s blue line.
John Tavares International Career
- Tavares competed for Team Ontario in the 2006 World U17 Hockey Challenge. He was playing his rookie season in the OHL at the time.
- He then represented Canada’s U18 team at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships.
- He was named to Canada’s junior team for the 2007 Super Series Cup against the Russian junior players. Canada won the series 7-0-1.
- He became part of Canada that won gold at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships. He recorded 8 goals and 7 assists for 15 points in the 2009 World Junior Championships. Thus, he was named tournament All-Star, Top Forward, and MVP.
- He was part of the Canada men’s team that reached the quarterfinals in the 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championship. Both times, they lost to Russia.
- He was part of Team Canada that won the Spengler Cup in 2012.
- He was a key player in the Canada team that won a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. However, he missed the final two games due to a knee injury he sustained in the quarterfinal match.
- He was part of Team Canada that won the gold medal at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
John Tavares Wife
John Tavares is a married man. He is married to Aryne Fuller. They got married in 2018. They share two sons together, Jace and Axton. More details about his personal life will be updated soon.
John Tavares Height
John Tavares stands at a height of 1.85 m i.e. 6 feet and 1 inch tall. He has a body weight of 200 lbs i.e. 91 kg. He has an athletic body build.
John Tavares Net Worth
John Tavares is one of the designated ice hockey players in the world. The New York Islanders drafted him first overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Having played 9 seasons with the Islanders, he captained five seasons. After completing his 3-year entry-level contract, he signed a 6-years contract extension worth $33 million with the Islanders in 2011. After becoming a free agent in 2018, he signed a lucrative 7-year contract worth $77 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He had rejected several lucrative offers including a $91 million offer from the San Jose Sharks. He would have become the highest-paid player in NHL history had he accepted the offer from the Jose Sharks. According to his contract, he has an annual salary of $11 million. His other income comes from bonuses and endorsements. At present, his net worth is estimated at $30 million.