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New York Islanders ink John Tavares to six-year deal

The New York Islanders announce a six-year deal with forward John Tavares in a press conference today. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

It was announced today by the New York Islanders, that John Tavares has signed a six-year contract extension….which will allow for the 2009 First overall pick to remain with the team through 2017-18 seasons.

 “Over the past two years, John has shown a strong commitment to the Islanders organization and the Long Island community, through his efforts both on and off the ice,” said General Manager Garth Snow. “He is a key component to the core of player’s we’ve decided to build this team around, and we couldn’t be happier to ensure that he will be an Islander for years to come.”

John has scored 53 goals and 68 assists for 121 points in 121 games thus far. The Oakville, ON, native has also represented Canada at the last two World Championships, totaling 16 points (12 goals, four assists). Tavares led all Islanders in scoring in his first two NHL seasons, and will turn 21 on September 20.

“I’m thrilled to show the organization and the loyal Islanders fans that I want nothing more than to win on Long Island,” Tavares said. “Charles (Wang) and Garth (Snow) have shown a tremendous amount of loyalty to me, and I look forward to honoring this long-term commitment. This is an exciting team to be a part of right now. We have a group that I feel will contend every year for a championship, and I am privileged to be a part of the Islanders’ future.”

Tavares won back-to-back gold medals with Team Canada at the 2008 and 2009 World Junior Championships, and was named the MVP in 2009-while also being the World Junior Top Forward. The 12 goals tallied in the tournament ties him with fellow Canadians Eric Lindros and Jeff Carter for most in a career.

Written on September 15, 2011

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