The National Hockey League announced today that John Tavares has been selected to represent the New York Islanders at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, taking place from January 23-25 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
Tavares, 24, will appear in his second consecutive NHL All-Star game. He scored a goal and an assist for Team Alfredsson the last time the event was held in Ottawa on January 29, 2012.
The Islanders selected Tavares with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. The Oakville, ON, native currently leads the Islanders in goals (19) and points (39), placing him 16th overall in the league scoring race.
In 391 career NHL games, spanning six seasons with the Islanders, Tavares has 354 points (155 goals, 199 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.
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.