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Tavares to have number retired by junior team

Aug 5, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

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New York Islanders star John Tavares is receiving an honor that puts him in some special company.

The Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League announced they will retire Tavares’ No. 91 in a ceremony on Sept. 28. He’ll be the fourth player to have his number retired by the team and he’ll have his banner alongside those of Bobby Orr, Eric Lindros, and Red Tilson. As you might expect, Tavares is humbled by it all as Cory Wright at the Islanders’ website shared.

“To be up there with the three other guys that are there … it’s hard to really believe it,” Tavares said. “It’s something I’ll be pinching myself about for a long time. I really appreciate that people believe that I am a part of such a great history like that.”

During his three-and-a-half seasons in Oshawa, Tavares piled up monster numbers. In 223 games he scored 183 goals and had 383 points. He’s first all-time in Oshawa history in goals and second in points to Marc Savard.

  1. bsaures - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Im surprised lindros didnt demand his jersey number to be traded so he could retire It to a team he preferred.

  2. islesjb - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    JT is the fkin man

  3. clayman61 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    lol@bsaures!

  4. jetfan74 - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    JT is second to none. You know someone is special when they make everyone around them better!!!

    • shaundre93 - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Not only that but he’s the kind of guy who always seems to make himself better. I think we’ve only seen the tip of the ice berg for that kid

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Aug 5, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Isn’t it a little odd that they haven’t retired Marc Savard’s number considering he is 1st in points all time?

  6. bek3017 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    Too bad he will never be as good as the others who’s numbers they retired

    • bsaures - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Outside orr it wouldnt be hard to argue that he is already better than the other two. Lindros Wasnt even a top 10 player in his generation let alone all time

      • 19to77 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Ehhh… people rag on Lindros because he didn’t live up to his billing, but considering he was billed as the next generational superstar after Lemieux, that’s not much of a failure. He still won a Hart Trophy. He was still the 3rd-fastest player in history to hit the 300- and 400-point marks in terms of games played, and the 4th-fastest to 500. He didn’t have the 15-20 year dominant career he was expected to, but he was one of the best players in the game in the mid-to-late 90’s before getting so derailed by concussions.

      • bsaures - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Jose theodore won a hart trophy too. He wasnt anywhere near those point marker you outlined by age because he selfishly refused to play so he could make more money in sponsorships. His concussion history was largely due to the fact he couldnt skate with his head up when he had the puck . He finished inside the top 5 for points ONCE. Quite simply he was a good player who was hyped way too much.

    • jl9830 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Lol. Don’t pretend you wouldn’t pee your pants in excitement if your team got Tavares.

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