Connor McDavid

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Connor McDavid
Born (1997-01-13) January 13, 1997 (age 17)
Newmarket, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
OHL team Erie Otters
NHL Draft Eligible 2015
Playing career –present

Connor McDavid (born January 13, 1997) is a Canadian major junior ice hockey player for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). A centre, McDavid was selected first overall in the 2012 OHL Entry Draft. Prior to the draft he was granted Exceptional Player status, only the third player given that status since its creation in 2005. He was awarded the Emms Family Award as the best first-year player in the OHL for the 2012–13 OHL season. McDavid will be eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]


McDavid played minor hockey with the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). In 2011–12 he recorded 33 goals and 39 assists for 72 points in 33 games, and was named the GTHL Player of the Year.[1] Because of his high level of play, he was granted Exceptional Player status by Hockey Canada and the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and was allowed to be selected in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection at age 15, a year earlier than other players.[2] He was the third player given that status since its creation in 2005; John Tavares was granted it in 2005, followed by Aaron Ekblad in 2011.[1] McDavid was selected first overall by the Erie Otters at the Priority Selection.[3] As the first overall selection, McDavid was awarded the Jack Ferguson Award, which is given to the first pick of the OHL Priority Selection.[4] Starting in his second game of the season, McDavid recorded a point in fifteen consecutive games, and was named the OHL Rookie of the Month for both October and November.[5] During a game against the Owen Sound Attack on March 9, 2013, McDavid recorded two assists, giving him 37 for the season and setting a new team record for assists by a rookie. He also tied Tim Connolly for most points by a first-year player with 62.[6] In the team's final game of the season, March 16 against the Guelph Storm, McDavid recorded four assists, giving him 66 total points during the season and passing Connolly for the most points by an Otters rookie.[7] McDavid finished the season with the most assists by an OHL rookie with 41 and second in scoring for first year players with 66 points.[8] In recognition of his play, McDavid was awarded the Emms Family Award as the top rookie in the OHL and named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team.[5] Dallas Stars's general manager at the time Jim Nill said of McDavid that, "Well, he's a franchise player. Somebody is going to draft him and he's going to be the cornerstone of the franchise for 15 years, for 20 years. Those players only come along so often."[9]

He won the William Hanley Trophy (the OHL's most sportsmanlike player) in 2013-14.[10]


Connor McDavid
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Gold 2013 Russia

McDavid first played in an IIHF tournament in 2013 when he joined the Canadian under-18 team at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships in Sochi, Russia. The youngest player on the Canadian team, McDavid played his first game against Slovakia on April 18, where he recorded one goal and two assists.[8] After recording a hat trick against Sweden McDavid was named the best Canadian player of the game.[11][12] He led the tournament in goals and points while helping Canada win a gold medal for only the third time since the tournament's inception in 1999, defeating the four-time defending champion, the United States, in the final. Jim Nill, then chief scout for the Detroit Red Wings, said of his performance that, "I guess you could say he is kind of The Next One. Every so many years [a player arrives like] Gretzky, Lemieux. I think he is making a statement. Is he [the next Sidney] Crosby? I think he is the next guy."[13]

McDavid played for Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships where the team finished fourth.


McDavid was born to Brian and Kelly McDavid, and has an older brother, Cameron. McDavid first skated at age 3, and was playing hockey the next year; as he had to be 5-years-old, his parents lied about his age.[14] When McDavid was 6, the hockey association in his hometown of Newmarket would not let him play above his age group. Instead of having him play in the lower level, McDavid's parents enrolled him with a team in nearby Aurora, where he played against players as old as 9-years-old.[15] McDavid would later join a team in York–Simcoe and was coached by Brian; the team would win four Ontario Minor Hockey Association championships.[15]

McDavid considered attending Boston University and playing hockey for their team, the Terriers, but decided it would be best for his development to play in the OHL.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Toronto Marlboros GTHL 33 33 39 72 14
2012–13 Erie Otters OHL 63 25 41 66 36
2013–14 Erie Otters OHL 56 28 71 99 20 14 4 15 19 2
OHL totals 119 53 112 165 56 14 4 15 19 2

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
Jack Ferguson Award - Top Pick in OHL Priority Selection Draft 2012
Emms Family Award - OHL Rookie of the Year 2012–13
OHL First All-Rookie Team 2012–13
William Hanley Trophy - OHL Most Sportsmanlike Player 2013–14 [17]


  1. ^ a b OHL (2012). caca -for-connor-mcdavid/119258 "OHF Announces Exceptional Player Status for Connor McDavid". Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Smith, Cameron (2012-12-12). "Reebok signs 15-year-old hockey phenom to huge endorsement deal | Prep Rally". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  3. ^ OHL (2012). "2012 OHL Priority Selection". Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  4. ^ OHL (2012). "Jack Ferguson Award". Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b OHL (April 4, 2013). "Connor McDavid is OHL Rookie of Year". Retrieved April 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Erie Times-News (March 10, 2013). "Attack complete weekend sweep of Otters". Erie Times-News (Erie, Pennsylvania). Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  7. ^ Erie Times-News (March 17, 2013). "Otters end sour season with overtime victory". Erie Times-News (Erie, Pennsylvania). Retrieved March 17, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b (April 18, 2013). "McDavid posts three points in Canada's U-18 opener". Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ Corey Masisak (November 10, 2013). "Sunday Long Read: Cup champs used down time well". Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  10. ^
  11. ^ Steiss, Adam (April 23, 2013). "Looking like a winner". Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ IIHF (April 28, 2013). "Best Player of the Game selected by the Team". Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ Alan Adams (April 24, 2013). "Connor McDavid burnishing 'Next One' status at U-18 tourney". CBC News. Retrieved November 10, 2013. 
  14. ^ Rohan, Tim (February 18, 2013). "A Prodigy on the Way to Stardom". The New York Times (New York). Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Woods, Michael (March 17, 2012). "Connor McDavid was born to play hockey". Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ Saraceno, Jon (February 19, 2013). "OHL star Connor McDavid, 16, called the next big thing". Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved March 6, 2013. 
  17. ^

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Aaron Ekblad
Jack Ferguson Award
Succeeded by
Travis Konecny
Preceded by
Aaron Ekblad
Winner of the Emms Family Award
Succeeded by
Travis Konecny