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John Tavares New York Islanders Black/Blue CCM Game Used Stick Rookie Autographed
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John Tavares New York Islanders Black/Blue CCM Game Used Stick Rookie Autographed
Lot #421

This black/blue CCM hockey stick was game used by John Tavares while playing for the New York Islanders during his rookie season of 2009-10. 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.

During his final year in the OHL, Tavares spent 32 games in an Oshawa uniform where he scored 26 goals and 54 points before he was dealt 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.

During his 4th season on Long Island, John starting showing the reason he was drafted #1 overall. He increased his goal scoring and point totals in each of his 1st three seasons and was 3rd in the league in goals with 28 in the strike shortened 2012-13 season. His 47 points in 48 games helped lead the Islanders to their first playoff appearance since 2007 and he was named one of three finalists for the 2013 Hart Memorial Trophy awarded to the NHL’s most valuable player. In September of 2015, John was introduced as the 14th Captain in Islanders history. In 2013-14, John was on a solid pace with 24 goals, 42 assists and 66 points in only 59 games played before a season ending injury in the 2014 Winter Olympics. John did win a Gold Medal in those games, as Team Canada took the gold for the second straight Olympic games.

John made the NHL All-Rookie team in 2009-10, was a first team NHL All Star in 2014-15, when he also was a Hart Trophy finalist and has played in 5 NHL All Star games. After 9 full seasons on the Island and scoring almost a point a game, John joined the Toronto Maple Leafs this off-season as a free agent.

This black/blue CCM stick has the player number and name “91 Tavares” on the side. The stick is fully taped on the butt. The blade tape has been removed so John could autograph it. The stick is uncracked and in beautiful condition.