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Tavares Named NHL's Second Star of the Month

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

The National Hockey League announced today that John Tavares has been named the Second Star Of The Month for January, 2015.

Tavares, 24, scored 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) in 12 games last month. He posted seven multi-point games, a five-game point streak and a four-game goal streak throughout the month. Tavares also played in his second career NHL All-Star Game, tying an NHL All-Star Game record with four goals.

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The Islanders selected Tavares with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. The Oakville, ON, native currently leads the Islanders in goals (23) and points (48). He’s tied for 11th overall in the league scoring race. In 399 career NHL games, spanning six seasons with the Islanders, Tavares has 363 points (159 goals, 204 assists).

Tavares won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. In 2012-13 he was named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s most valuable player.

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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.

This is the second time in his career that Tavares has received the NHL’s monthly star recognition, earning First Star honors in January, 2012 (nine goals, 13 assists in 13 games).

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