The 14th captain of the New York Islanders was announced Monday, September 9th, at the Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, New York. John Tavares was chosen as captain earlier this morning after what seems like a long off season. It has been rumored since former captain Mark Streit went to the Philadelphia Flyers that John Tavares would succeed him for the captaincy position, and that he has.
He took the podium after donning his new sweater stating “I’m excited about our opportunity this coming year and hopefully it’s another great one and we can build off of last season”.
After giving his thanks he also elaborated on the feeling his new role has given him with saying “It’s obviously one heck of an honor to be named captain of the New York Islanders, to have the respect of your teammates, the organization and obviously our great fans and all the people involved with the New York Islanders.”
John Tavares was the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. Since he has been in the league he has played 291 games earning 249 points (112g, 137a). He led the team last year with 47 points (28g, 19a) and was a Hart Trophy finalist.
He signed a 6-year deal on September 14, 2011 which will make Tavares an unrestricted free agent in July of 2018. It was no surprise to hear that the 22-year old, Mississauga native, would be the future of this franchise, but actually leading it is a whole different matter.
Tavares has led this team without officially wearing the “C”, but this season will be a new venture for him. Last year was a lockout shortened season and he will have to prove it wasn’t the shortened season that got him a Hart Trophy finalist position and his team a post-season appearance.