Islanders Tavares named an NHL All-Star

John Tavares
John Tavares was selected to the NHL All-Star Game (LIR Photo by Mike Stainkamp)

John Tavares was selected to the NHL All-Star Game (LIR Photo by Mike Stainkamp)

New York Islanders center and assistant captain John Tavares was named Jan. 12 to the 2011-2012 NHL All-Star Game. He was one of 48 reserve players selected to the game, which will be played Jan. 29 at Scotiabank Place—the home of the Ottawa Senators.

Tavares is the Islanders’ leading points scorer this season, with 14 goals and 25 assists in 40 games.

Each of the 30 NHL teams will have at least one representative at the All-Star Game, and the 21-year-old Tavares will be the lone representative from the Islanders. It will be Tavares’ first All-Star appearance.

Islanders captain Mark Streit was the last Islander to play in the game in 2009. Later that year, Tavares was the first overall pick of the NHL Entry Draft.