John Tavares (lacrosse)
|— Lacrosse player —|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||175 pounds (79 kg)|
Six Nations Chiefs
|NLL team||Buffalo Bandits|
John Tavares (born September 4, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario) is a retired professional box lacrosse player. He is the National Lacrosse League's all-time leading scorer and also a mathematics teacher at Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. He attended D'Youville College in Buffalo, NY.
Tavares 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 was also the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association Representative for the Bandits.
Tavares was born on September 4, 1968 in Toronto, Ontario to Dorotea and Manuel Tavares who are Portuguese immigrants 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Tavares is a seven-time member of a Mann Cup champion team, winning in 1992 and 1993 with the Brampton Excelsiors (MSL), 1994 through 1996 with the Six Nations Chiefs (MSL), 2012 with the Peterborough Lakers (MSL), 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. Tavares also won the Major Series Lacrosse scoring title eight times, and the MSL's Most Valuable Player award three times.
On September 2, 2015, Tavares announced his retirement from the Bandits and the NLL at an 11am press conference from First Niagara Center. This meant that the 2016 season would be the first in Bandits history without Tavares and the first for the league since 1992. Upon his retirement, he holds the team and league records in career goals, assists, and points.
As of 2015 season.
- Games Played, Buffalo Bandits: 252
- Career Goals, NLL: 899
- Career Assists, NLL: 1,050
- Career Points, NLL: 1,949
- Tavares is the first player in NLL history to have 500 goals and 500 assists.
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
- 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.
|John Tavares||Regular Season||Playoffs|
GP–Games played;G–Goals;A–Assists;Pts–Points;LB–Loose balls;PIM–Penalty minutes;Pts/GP–Points per games played;LB/GP–Loose balls per games played;PIM/GP–Penalty minutes per games played;
|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||-||-||-||-||-|
|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|
|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|
|Junior A Totals||48||150||135||285||71||-||-||-||-||-|
|Senior A Totals||365||771||1018||1789||543||236||422||482||904||301|
- "Bandits Beat Swarm 14–9, Tavares Ties Record". NLL.com. February 18, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "Tavares Breaks Points Record, Bandits Fall". NLL.com. March 7, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- 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.
- "Tavares breaks NLL scoring record". TSN.com. March 4, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-28.
- "Tavares Breaks Goal Scoring Record". NLL.com. January 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-20.
- "All-Star reserves announced". NLL.com. February 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- "Historical Stats of the Mann Cup". Bible-of-Lacrosse.com. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
- "Player Profiles: John Tavares Stats". Bible-of-Lacrosse.com. Retrieved 2007-08-17.
- "National Lacrosse League Pointstreak Stats". NLL.com. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
- JOHN TAVARES NAMED TO 2012 NLL ALL-PRO TEAM (from 2012)
- TAVARES LOOKS BACK ON ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL SEASON (from 2011)
- Professional Lacrosse Players Association John Tavares Interview (from 1999)
|MILL Championship game MVP