The National Hockey League announced today that John Tavares has been selected to represent the New York Islanders at the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, taking place from January 28-29 at Staple Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Tavares, 26, will appear in his fourth consecutive NHL All-Star game. He took home the accuracy shooting title while representing the Metropolitan Team in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Islanders selected Tavares with the first-overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. The Oakville, ON, native currently leads the Islanders in points (27) and and is second in goals (11) & assists (16).
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In 548 career NHL games, spanning eight seasons with the Islanders, Tavares has 498 points (218 goals, 280 assists)
Tavares won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto & the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. He was named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2012-13 and 2014-15, given annually to the NHL's most valuable player.
Prior to his professional career, Tavares played in 247 Ontario Hockey League games over four seasons, compiling 215 goals and 218 assists for 433 points. His 215 tallies set an OHL record for career goals, a mark held by Peter Lee for 33 years. In 2007, Tavares was named the Canadian Hockey League Player of the Year, after scoring 72 goals to break Wayne Gretzky's OHL record for goals in a season. He also won back-to-back gold medals with Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships