This blue and black CCM hockey stick was game used by John Tavares during the 2009-10 season, his rookie season in the NHL. It took an “exceptional” designation for Tavares, who is hockey’s reigning #1 overall pick, to be granted draft eligible status at the age of 14. This was the first time that such an exception was ever granted. The Oshawa Generals benefited from the ruling and selected John with the first overall pick in 2005 at the tender age of 14. John would follow in the footsteps of the great Bobby Orr and represent Oshawa as a young teenager. As did Orr, Tavares would dominate his older foes, scoring a remarkable 45 goals and 77 points as a 15-year old rookie in 2005-06. He was named OHL and CHL rookie of the year.¨¨During his 2nd season, Tavares made news across the entire hockey world. That season, as a 16-year old, Tavares broke Wayne Gretzky’s record for goals in a season. In 1977-78, The Great Gretzky, at 17 years of age, scored an incredible 70 goals, a mark that stood without challenge for 30 years. Tavares made the record his own, lighting the lamp a resounding 72 times at the age of 16! He would also chip in 62 assists for a remarkable total of 134 points in 67 games played. The league recognized Tavares’ outstanding accomplishments by awarding the 16-year old with the Red Tilson Trophy as the most outstanding player in the league. He also was awarded the CHL’s Player of the Year award. During the 2007-08 season, his 3rd year in the league, Tavares netted 40 goals and assisted on 78 others for a 118 point season in 59 games played. He was also selected to help Team Canada’s National Junior Team win their 4th consecutive Gold Medal.
During his final year in the OHL, Tavares was dealt 32 games into the season by the Oshawa Generals to the London Knights. All told he scored 58 goals and 104 points in 56 games played that year. What he did as a member of the London Knights was remarkable as Tavares scored 32 goals and 50 points in only 24 games! He then notched another 21 playoff points in 14 post season contests. While with the Knights, John broke another long-standing record. On March 8, 2009, John broke Peter Lee's 33-year old record of career OHL goals. Lee finished his 4+ year career with 213 goals. On that night John scored his 214th career goal and finished his OHL career with 215 goals in 4 seasons.
Tavares was selected #1 overall by the New York Islanders in last years NHL expansion draft. Having just completed his rookie NHL season, Islanders fans have much to be excited about as John netted 24 goals and 54 points for the Islanders as a 19-year old rookie.
This beautiful CCM stick is fully taped on the butt and blade. The player name "J. Tavares" is stamped on the side. As with all superstars, these rookie sticks will be hard to come by as the years go on. Here's your chance to lock in yours.