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Islanders Name John Tavares Team Captain

The New York Islanders announced on Monday that center John Tavares has  been named the 14th captain in the franchises 42-year history.

John Tavares. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

John Tavares. Photo by: Stacy Podelski

Tavares has led the Islanders in scoring in each of his first four National Hockey League seasons. John was the Islanders’ first overall selection in the 2009 NHL Draft and will turn 23 on September 20.

“John has developed into an elite player in this league and become the leader of our franchise both on and off the ice,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “He consistently represents our organization with class and respect. John’s work ethic and determination inspires his teammates to succeed, which makes him the perfect choice to lead our franchise.”

Tavares ranked third in the league with 28 goals in the 2012-13 regular season, while adding 19 assists for 47 points in 48 regular season games. John was named a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP). He capped his fourth professional season by making his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut, scoring a team-high five points (three goals, two assists) in six games during the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

“I’m honored to be named captain of the New York Islanders,” Tavares said. “To represent my teammates, coaches, management and the incredible fans that support this historic franchise is something that I take seriously. My experiences over the past four seasons have prepared me for this responsibility and I look forward to the challenge of leading the Islanders each season as we contend for the Stanley Cup.”

In 291 career NHL games, Tavares has scored 112 goals and 137 assists for 249 points. The Mississauga, ON, native has also represented Canada at four of the last five World Championships.

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