John Tavares is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre born on September 20, 1990 in Mississauga, Ontario, to Polish and Portuguese parents.
The NHL International Scouting Services ranked Tavares as the top draft prospect in the world in its March 2009 update. The 2009 draft class was led by Tavares, who was taken first overall by the New York Islanders. Tavares led NHL rookies in scoring throughout much of his first season. In December 2009, Tavares scored five consecutive Islanders goals over a four-game span to tie the club record for most consecutive goals by one player. On September 10, 2013, Tavares was introduced as the 14th captain in New York Islanders history.
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