John Tavares already has lived quite an impressive hockey life. He was granted "exceptional player" status by the Ontario Hockey League at 15, broke one of Wayne Gretzky's junior hockey goal-scoring records at 16, was the MVP of the 2009 World Junior Championship at 17 and was the first pick of the 2009 NHL Draft at 18.
He's played in the World Championship three times and won an Olympic gold medal with Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
But last season was the kind of first Tavares would like to avoid. The 23-year-old captain of the New York Islanders sustained a torn medial collateral ligament and a torn meniscus in his left knee at the Olympics and missed the final two months of the NHL season.