John Tavares (lacrosse)

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John Tavares
— Lacrosse player —
Born (1968-09-04) September 4, 1968 (age 46)
Toronto, Ontario, CAN
Position Forward
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 pounds (79 kg)
MSL team
F. Teams
Peterborough Lakers
Brampton Excelsiors
Six Nations Chiefs
Victoria Shamrocks
NLL team Buffalo Bandits
Nationality Canada
Pro career 1992–present
Shoots Both

John Tavares (born September 4, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a professional box lacrosse player, the all-time scoring leader in the National Lacrosse League and a mathematics teacher at Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga Ontario, Canada. He attended D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY.

Tavares has played his entire National Lacrosse League career with the Buffalo Bandits since their inaugural season in 1992. He was acquired from the Detroit Turbos in exchange for Brian Nikula in October 1991. John is also the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association Representative for the Bandits.

Personal life[edit]

Tavares was born on September 4, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario, CAN, to Dorotea and Manuel Tavares who are Portuguese immigrated to Toronto. Tavares is an uncle of ice hockey player John Tavares, the first overall pick of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and a forward with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

University Lacrosse[edit]

Tavares played field lacrosse for Wilfred Laurier University of the Ontario University Field Lacrosse Association (now CUFLA).[1]

NLL Career[edit]

Tavares is first in NLL career points, goals and assists. On Saturday February 18, 2006, the Buffalo Bandits defeated the Minnesota Swarm by a score of 14–9 in front of 12,458 fans at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. In that game, John Tavares tied the NLL Career Points (goals + assists) record at 1,091 points held by Gary Gait, who had retired after the 2005 season.[2]

On Saturday March 4, 2006, 10,961 fans witnessed history. On that night, the Buffalo Bandits played their 7th regular season game again hosting the Minnesota Swarm, and Tavares scored two points in an 11–8 loss. The first was his 1,092nd career point, the record-breaker, which was an assist to Mark Steenhuis who scored a power-play goal at 11:57 in the second period. (The second point, Point 1,093, was also an assist to Steenhuis in the third period.) Play was stopped, and Tavares was given the game ball.[3][4][5]

On Saturday January 20, 2008, Tavares scored his 597th career goal in a win over the New York Titans, passing Gary Gait and becoming the NLL's all-time leader in goals scored.[6] May 17, 2008 Tavares won his fourth championship and first since 1996. The Bandits beat the Portland Lumberjax in the championship game with the help of two Tavares goals.

During the 2009 NLL season, he was named to the All-Star Game.[7]

OLA/WLA[edit]

Tavares is a six-time member of a Mann Cup champion team, winning in 1992 and 1993 with the Brampton Excelsiors, 1994 through 1996 with the Six Nations Chiefs (both of the Major Series Lacrosse), and in 2002 with the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association. He is a three-time winner, in 1992, 1993, and 1996, of the Mike Kelly Memorial Trophy as most valuable player in the Mann Cup competition.[8] Tavares also won the Major Series Lacrosse scoring title eight times, and the MSL's Most Valuable Player award three times.[9]

NLL accomplishments[edit]

Career totals[edit]

As of 2011 season.

  • Games Played, Buffalo Bandits: 252
  • Career Goals, NLL: 724
  • Career Assists, NLL: 823
  • Career Points, NLL: 1547
  • Tavares is the first player in NLL history to have 500 goals and 500 assists.

NLL awards[edit]

Weekly and monthly awards, as of 2007 season.

  • Player of the Week (1994–2001) 8 times
  • Overall Player of the Week (2002-) 11 times
  • Offensive Player of the Week (2002-) 9 times
  • Player of the Month 9 times

NLL milestones – points[edit]

  • No. 1: Jan. 4, 1992, assist to Rich Kilgour vs. New York in first game.
  • 100: March 20, 1993, goal vs. Detroit's Paul Mootz in 16th game.
  • 200: Jan. 20, 1996, goal vs. Baltimore's J.J. Pearl in 34th game.
  • 300: Feb. 7, 1997, assist to Darris Kilgour vs. Baltimore in 47th game.
  • 400: Jan. 8, 1999, goal vs. Philadelphia's Dallas Eliuk in 62nd game.
  • 500: Feb. 18, 2000, goal vs. Rochester's Pat O'Toole in 78th game.
  • 600: Feb. 10, 2001, goal vs. Washington's Devin Dalep in 91st game.
  • 700: Feb. 1, 2002, assist to Chris Driscoll vs. Montreal in 107th game.
  • 800: Feb. 8, 2003, assist to Mike Accursi vs. Toronto in 122nd game.
  • 900: Feb. 14, 2004, goal vs. Anaheim's Matt Disher in 139th game.
  • 1,000: Feb. 19, 2005, assist to Delby Powless vs. Rochester in 154th game.
  • 1,091: Feb. 18, 2006, assist to Cory Bomberry vs. Minnesota in 169th game. (Ties Gary Gait's then-existing NLL Career Points Record)
  • 1,092: March 4, 2006, assist to Mark Steenhuis vs. Minnesota in 170th game. (New NLL Career Points Record)
  • 1,600: March 17, 2012, goal vs. Minnesota in 259th game.

Statistics[edit]

NLL[edit]

Reference:[10]

John Tavares Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP GP G A Pts LB PIM Pts/GP LB/GP PIM/GP
1992 Buffalo Bandits 8 21 22 43 66 26 5.38 8.25 3.25 3 12 12 24 29 8 8.00 9.67 2.67
1993 Buffalo Bandits 8 35 23 58 93 28 7.25 11.63 3.50 2 4 3 7 6 2 3.50 3.00 1.00
1994 Buffalo Bandits 8 27 20 47 74 14 5.88 9.25 1.75 2 6 8 14 19 9 7.00 9.50 4.50
1995 Buffalo Bandits 8 24 21 45 66 21 5.63 8.25 2.63 1 2 1 3 6 0 3.00 6.00 0.00
1996 Buffalo Bandits 10 41 40 81 102 4 8.10 10.20 0.40 2 4 7 11 20 2 5.50 10.00 1.00
1997 Buffalo Bandits 10 37 29 66 104 18 6.60 10.40 1.80 2 7 9 16 30 0 8.00 15.00 0.00
1998 Buffalo Bandits 9 31 25 56 80 8 6.22 8.89 0.89 1 2 5 7 9 0 7.00 9.00 0.00
1999 Buffalo Bandits 12 33 34 67 112 35 5.58 9.33 2.92
2000 Buffalo Bandits 12 34 49 83 123 10 6.92 10.25 0.83 1 2 1 3 18 0 3.00 18.00 0.00
2001 Buffalo Bandits 14 51 64 115 159 14 8.21 11.36 1.00
2002 Buffalo Bandits 16 42 46 88 145 12 5.50 9.06 0.75
2003 Buffalo Bandits 16 49 58 107 155 25 6.69 9.69 1.56 2 5 8 13 16 0 6.50 8.00 0.00
2004 Buffalo Bandits 16 49 44 93 118 25 5.81 7.38 1.56 3 7 13 20 21 4 6.67 7.00 1.33
2005 Buffalo Bandits 16 43 59 102 126 9 6.38 7.88 0.56 1 2 3 5 9 0 5.00 9.00 0.00
2006 Buffalo Bandits 16 32 53 85 95 12 5.31 5.94 0.75 3 7 4 11 13 0 3.67 4.33 0.00
2007 Buffalo Bandits 15 42 61 103 77 6 6.87 5.13 0.40 2 5 5 10 12 2 5.00 6.00 1.00
2008 Buffalo Bandits 16 29 58 87 91 18 5.44 5.69 1.13 3 5 14 19 22 0 6.33 7.33 0.00
2009 Buffalo Bandits 16 51 43 94 98 6 5.88 6.13 0.38 2 2 6 8 10 0 4.00 5.00 0.00
2010 Buffalo Bandits 10 21 28 49 57 22 4.90 5.70 2.20 1 0 2 2 5 0 2.00 5.00 0.00
2011 Buffalo Bandits 16 32 46 78 59 10 4.88 3.69 0.63 1 3 4 7 3 0 7.00 3.00 0.00
2012 Buffalo Bandits 16 41 39 80 53 8 5.00 3.31 0.50 1 2 1 3 3 0 3.00 3.00 0.00
2013 Buffalo Bandits 12 14 25 39 38 6 3.25 3.17 0.50
2014 Buffalo Bandits 16 24 27 51 78 31 3.19 4.88 1.94 4 7 5 12 17 0 3.00 4.25 0.00
296 803 914 1,717 2,169 368 5.80 7.33 1.24 37 84 111 195 268 27 5.27 7.24 0.73
Career Total: 333 887 1,025 1,912 2,437 395 5.74 7.32 1.19

GP–Games played; G–Goals; A–Assists; Pts–Points; LB–Loose balls; PIM–Penalty minutes; Pts/GP–Points per game; LB/GP–Loose balls per game; PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per game


CLA career[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1983 Mississauga Tomahawks OLA Jr B 1 4 0 4 0 2 0 0 0 4
1984 Mississauga Tomahawks OLA Jr B - - - - - 2 7 4 11 0
1985 Mississauga Tomahawks OLA Jr B 4 7 2 9 9 10 17 15 32 4
1986 Mississauga Tomahawks OLA Jr B 17 132 44 176 14 15 71 28 99 16
1987 Mississauga Tomahawks OLA Jr B 23 128 56 184 25 11 42 23 65 12
1987 Bay Area Bengals OLA Jr A 1 3 2 5 0 - - - - -
1988 Mississauga Tomahawks OLA Jr A 23 77 72 149 36 - - - - -
1989 Mississauga Tomahawks OLA Jr A 24 70 61 131 35 - - - - -
1989 Orangeville Northmen MSL 1 2 2 4 0 - - - - -
1990 Vancouver Burrards WLA 16 32 28 60 30 15 20 23 43 35
1991 Vancouver Burrards WLA 24 46 48 94 80 4 5 6 11 14
1992 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 16 44 46 90 47 13 30 26 56 25
1993 Brampton Excelsiors MSL 16 53 40 93 39 13 34 29 63 22
1994 Six Nations Chiefs MSL 13 44 45 89 42 18 42 46 88 32
1995 Six Nations Chiefs MSL 20 55 53 108 50 14 31 36 67 20
1996 Six Nations Chiefs MSL 24 69 71 140 45 14 39 24 63 38
1997 Six Nations Chiefs MSL 20 46 57 103 27 4 9 5 14 8
1998 Akwesasne Thunder MSL 16 33 48 81 27 - - - - -
1999 Akwesasne Thunder MSL 18 36 43 79 25 16 26 29 55 28
2000 Akwesasne Thunder MSL 16 45 66 111 45 - - - - -
2001 Akwesasne Thunder MSL 14 26 52 78 10 - - - - -
2001 Victoria Shamrocks WLA 8 20 32 52 6 11 25 27 52 13
2002 Victoria Shamrocks WLA 7 9 23 32 15 17 34 39 73 6
2003 Victoria Shamrocks WLA 8 14 22 36 11 14 27 26 53 21
2004 Akwesasne Thunder MSL 18 38 51 89 7 3 5 4 9 0
2005 Akwesasne Thunder MSL 17 31 55 86 8 3 7 0 7 4
2006 St. Regis Indians MSL 13 16 40 56 11 3 2 7 9 0
2007 St. Regis Indians MSL 10 10 25 35 2 10 7 21 28 9
2008 St. Regis Indians MSL 17 34 59 93 6 9 17 24 41 4
2009 St. Regis Indians MSL 12 16 29 45 2 9 14 22 36 7
2010 Peterborough Lakers MSL 11 20 20 40 4 18 24 30 54 4
2011 Peterborough Lakers MSL 18 20 41 61 2 11 7 20 27 4
2012 Peterborough Lakers MSL 12 12 22 34 2 17 17 38 55 4
Junior B 45 271 102 373 48 40 127 70 197 36
Junior A Totals 48 150 135 285 71 - - - - -
Senior A Totals 365 771 1018 1789 543 236 422 482 904 301

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://cufla.ca/page.php?page_id=68891
  2. ^ "Bandits Beat Swarm 14–9, Tavares Ties Record". NLL.com. February 18, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  3. ^ "Tavares Breaks Points Record, Bandits Fall". NLL.com. March 7, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  4. ^ Wheeler, Brian; Zita McKenna (March 4, 2006). "Tavares Breaks Scoring Record". Bandits.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  5. ^ "Tavares breaks NLL scoring record". TSN.com. March 4, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-28. 
  6. ^ "Tavares Breaks Goal Scoring Record". NLL.com. January 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  7. ^ "All-Star reserves announced". NLL.com. February 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  8. ^ "Historical Stats of the Mann Cup". Bible-of-Lacrosse.com. Retrieved 2007-08-15. 
  9. ^ "Player Profiles: John Tavares Stats". Bible-of-Lacrosse.com. Retrieved 2007-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Buffalo Bandits - 2014 Playoffs - Roster - #11 - John Tavares - F". NLL.com. Retrieved June 4, 2014. 
  11. ^ http://www.peterboroughlakers.ca/images/JTavaresStat1.jpg

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See also[edit]

Preceded by
Gary Gait
MILL Championship game MVP
1992, 1993
Succeeded by
Paul Gait
Preceded by
none
MILL MVP
1994
Succeeded by
Gary Gait
Preceded by
Gary Gait
NLL MVP
2000, 2001
Succeeded by
Paul Gait