On Thursday, May 20, 2021, Toronto Maple Leafs forward John Tavares (91) is put onto a stretcher after getting hurt during the first period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens in Toronto. The injury occurred when Tavares was hit by a hard shot from Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen.
Tavares was taken to hospital for evaluation but was released later that day. He will miss the rest of the postseason as a result of the injury.
During the 2019-20 season, Tavares averaged 0.5 goals and 0.5 assists per game. He finished with 34 goals and 31 assists in 79 games played.
Tavares is expected to be ready for the start of the 2020-21 season. However, he did not participate in any pre-season games this year due to contract negotiations with the Maple Leafs failing to reach an agreement on a new contract.
In 2018-19, Tavares led the Maple Leafs in scoring with 92 points in 82 games played. He also won his third consecutive Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the league.
Tavares is expected to become an unrestricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2019-20 season.
Thirty years (September 20, 1990). Idade/John Tavares John Tavares (born September 20, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center and the captain of the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL). He was the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders, where he played nine seasons and served as captain for five. Before being drafted by the Islanders, Tavares was playing major junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). During his time with the Generals, he was named an OHL all-star three times and won a Memorial Cup championship in 2008.
He has also played for the Islander's former affiliate, the Buffalo Sabres, and currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares is a two-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, which is given to the player who exhibits the most sportsmanship and skill on the ice. He is also the only player to have received votes in the All-Star Game.
On January 13, 2016, it was announced that Tavares would not be offered a new contract by the Maple Leafs and would become a free agent at the end of the 2015-16 season. On July 1, 2016, the Maple Leafs signed Tavares to a seven-year, $47.5 million contract extension.
#91 Toronto Maple Leafs (Centerman) # 20 Canadian Men's National Hockey Team (Forward John Tavares)
John Tavares Tavares began a new chapter in his NHL career on July 1, 2018, when he signed a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team for which he grew up in Mississauga, Ontario.
Left John Tavares (born September 20, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey center and the captain of the National Hockey League's Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)...
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Toronto captain John Tavares took part in the Maple Leafs' optional morning skate on Monday, but coach Sheldon Keefe said he will not play in Game 7 against the Montreal Canadiens. According to Mark Masters of TSN.ca, Tavares (concussion), who was previously ruled out indefinitely, is 11 days into a two-week layoff. If he doesn't play, Morgan Rielly will get the start in his place.
Tavares has been one of Toronto's best players during the playoffs, scoring seven points in six games while helping the Maple Leafs reach the Eastern Conference Final for the first time since 2009. He suffered the concussion during Game 6 of the series against the Washington Capitals on Saturday night. The 29-year-old Ontario native did not receive medical attention for himself or for anyone else on the ice at Capital One Arena after taking a hit from Alex Ovechkin. After the game, Tavares told reporters that he didn't think he had a concussion, but added that he wasn't going to "risk it" by playing if he actually did have one. "I just want to make sure I'm ready to go when we resume after the break," he said.
Tavares is one of several high-profile players to sit out a game because of injury this season. The NHL average over the past five seasons is about 594 games per year; this year, there have already been more than 700 played because of the extended postseason.
While recovering from a concussion and a knee injury, Toronto Maple Leafs captain John Tavares says he has yet to review the play that resulted in his stretcher in Game 1 of their first-round series against the Montreal Canadiens. But he did note that he's happy to be back in the NHL after missing over 50 games.
Tavares was injured during a hit by Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. The injury occurred with 3:49 left in the third period and the game was already over at that point; Montreal won 4-1 to advance to the Stanley Cup final.
The 28-year-old Tavares is expected to be out for several more months after having surgery on his knee this week. With Tavares out, the Leafs have been relying on veterans like Patrick Marleau and Tyler Bozak to lead them while rookie Mitch Marner fills the void at center. Marner had two goals and an assist in four games following Tavares' injury.
In 49 career playoff games, Tavares has 26 goals and 62 points. He won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy last season as the NHL's leading scorer.
Tavares was drafted second overall by the New York Islanders in 2009. He has one year remaining on a contract worth $5 million per season.