John Tavares (born September 20, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre who serves as an alternate captain for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected first overall by the Islanders in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Tavares then signed a three-year, entry-level contract in July 2009. During the 2012-2013 NHL lockout, Tavares played for SC Bern of the Swiss National league A, but since the NHL's shortened season was announced, has returned as a member of the Islanders. Previously, Tavares competed at the major junior level as a member of the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) before being traded to the London Knights at the 2009 OHL trading deadline with Michael Del Zotto. He broke into the OHL after gaining 'exceptional player' status at the age of 14, allowing the Oshawa Generals to select him in the OHL Priority Draft as an underage player in 2005.
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