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Tavares' Make Supporting Canada at the Worlds a Family Affair

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By Chris Johnston

There might be only one person who is a more passionate supporter of Canada at the IIHF World Hockey Championship than John Tavares.

His mom, Barb.

The tournament has turned into an annual event for the family, with John currently starring on the ice for a third straight year and his parents back among the entourage of Canadian friends and family offering support. It’s an event none of them would miss — at least as long as John’s New York Islanders aren’t part of the NHL playoffs.

“Any time there’s anything for Hockey Canada you’re certain to see my face,” Barb Tavares said Sunday before the group gathered for a Mother’s Day brunch.

She is the epitome of a committed hockey mom.

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