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John Tavares Biography

Born: September 20, 1990
Where: Mississauga, Canada


Early Start

Growing up in Ontario, Canada, John Tavaras played sports like [KWLINK8919]soccer[/KWLINK], lacrosse and hockey. Though he excelled in them all, it was on the ice rink and in the lacrosse box where people started to take notice of the intensely competitive youngster.


Record Breaker

From the age of seven John played with older kids and by the time he was 14, he was granted exceptional player status and allowed to play in the Ontario Hockey League even though he was underage. By the end of his stellar Junior hockey career, John had been named CHL Rookie of the Year, Player of the Year, broken Wayne Gretzky’s record for goals as a 16 year-old with 72, and scored the most goals in OHL history with 215. The hockey world knew a special player had arrived.


Eyes on the Prize

Because of his late birthday, there was a push to have John declared eligible for the 2008 National Hockey League draft. Though he had to wait an extra year, John’s dreams finally came true in 2009 when he was selected as the first overall pick by the New York Islanders. You can expect to see big things from this future superstar as he tries to make a splash in the NHL like top draft picks Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin.


Fun Facts

  • At the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2009, John was named to the tournament All-Star team, and won awards as the Top Forward and MVP.
  • John’s uncle, also named John, is the all-time leading scorer in the National Lacrosse League .
  • His playing style has been compared to Wayne Gretzky’s, Mike Bossy and Gordie Howe.
  • John is 6' tall and weighs 198 pounds.

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    unicornsrule626
    "rainbowpoptart" wrote:I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise).competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionallyDoes cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes.pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too.Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has.It is a form of exercise and entertainment.It is a sport.Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything.Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy. very well said! I was a cheerleader for 2 years until  I aged out, but let ,e tell you, they were 2 of the best,sweaty and most fun years I have ever had
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    rainbowpoptart
    I hate to be that person who pulls out the dictionary, buuuuut let's look at the definitions for sport (athleticism wise). competitive physical activity: an individual or group competitive activity involving physical exertion or skill, governed by rules, and sometimes engaged in professionally Does cheerleading fit under this definition? Yes. pastime: an active pastime participated in for pleasure or exercise  Oh look, cheerleading fits under this definition too. Being a cheerleader requires a certain amount of physical fitness. You need to be strong, flexible, and energetic, which are all things not everyone has. It is a form of exercise and entertainment. It is a sport. Is one variant more challenging than the other? Yes, but that does not devalue anything. Not everyone is going to be able to understand the difficulties cheerleaders go through, and that's perfectly fine. Every sport is dangerous, some are just more obvious than others. When people are good at what they do, they make things seem easy.
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    angelover4
    CHEERLEADING IS LIKE DANCE GYMNASTICS MIXED TOGETHER WITH WORDS. AND DANCE AND GYMNASTICS ARE CONSIDERED SPORTS.
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    angelover4
    I BELIVE ITS A SPORT JUST LIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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    angelover4
    I BEL ITS A SPORT JUS TLIKE I THINK GYMNASTICS IS A SPORT.
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