UNIONDALE, N.Y. — On Saturday, Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post dubbed John Tavares the face of New York sports. Today, Tavares humbly accepted the honor when asked about it during practice.
“I guess I’ll take it,” Tavares said with a grin. “I don’t think those things you think about or worry about so much, but I’m proud to play for the Islanders. To play in New York, such a great market, such tremendous sports fans in general. So passionate and you can really feel why this is a special place from day one when I got here.”
Tavares beat out Stars like David Wright, Robinson Cano, Carmelo Anthony and cross-town rival Henrik Lundqvist. Vaccaro wrote of Tavares:
Even if you don’t know a puck from a pad, you watch Tavares and know: That guy is just different than everyone else on the ice. Maybe by November Wilkerson — or someone else — can take the title back. For now, good luck catching No. 91. Especially since he’s the one wearing ice skates.
Staying true to who he is, Tavares was quick to give credit to his teammate for his success.
“I guess to be recognized as that, it just doesn’t come from me,” he said. “It comes from playing with all my teammates and the organization that has helped me so much.”