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2015-16 John Tavares New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey – “Inaugural Season Brooklyn” – “AL” - All Star Season - Photo Match - Team Letter
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2015-16 John Tavares New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey – “Inaugural Season Brooklyn” – “AL” - All Star Season - Photo Match - Team Letter
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2015-16 John Tavares New York Islanders Game Worn Jersey – “Inaugural Season Brooklyn” – “AL” - All Star Season - Photo Match - Team Letter
Lot #98

This home blue air-knit gamer by Reebok was worn by John Tavares during the 2015-16 NHL season. The New York Islanders selected Tavares with the 1st overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. It took an “exceptional” designation for Tavares, 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.

Tavares made his NHL debut in 2009-10 with the New York Islanders where he played for 9 years. This gifted Center is now in his 11th NHL season and his second with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Having averaged nearly a point per game thus far in his career, this 29-year old has twice been a finalist for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. In 2014-15 he was named 1st Team NHL All Star at Center. Tavares is a 6-time NHL All Star who scored a career best 47 goals and 88 points last season in his first year with the Leafs.

Proudly sewn to the left breast of this gamer is the Captain’s “C”. Sewn to the left shoulder is the “AL” patch to commemorate the passing of Hall of Fame Coach Al Arbour. Sewn to the right shoulder is the “Inaugural Season Brooklyn” patch. The sleeves on this gamer have been customized for Tavares by the team. The game wear on this 1st set size 56 sweater consists of stick and slash marks, stitch pops and inner pilling. Shown above are several beautiful photo matches of Tavares wearing this exact jersey during the 2015-16 season. Sewn to the inside hem is the official New York Islanders game worn jersey tagging. A beautiful multi patched photo matched offering complete with the coveted letter of honor, choice! This jersey will be accompanied by an Islanders team letter.