A look at the junior hockey career of John Tavares:
May 4 – The Ontario Hockey League bestows “exceptional player status” on 14-year-old John Tavares, which allows the Oakville, Ont., native to be drafted a year early.
May 7 – The Oshawa Generals make Tavares the No. 1 pick in the OHL draft and the youngest to ever be drafted into the league.
Sept. 20 – Turns 15 years old.
Sept. 23 – Scores in OHL debut to kick off a run of nine goals in his first 10 games.
Jan. 3 – Caps world under-17 hockey challenge with seven goals and nine assists in six games for Team Ontario.
March 19 – Ends OHL rookie season with 45 goals and 32 assists in 65 games.
April 22 – Plays for Canada’s under-18 team at age 15 and finishes world championship with two goals and three assists in seven games.
May 27 – Named Canadian Hockey League’s rookie of the year.
Dec. 14 – Devastated after release from Canadian under-20 men’s hockey team.
Jan. 25 – Four goals and three assists in Oshawa’s 9-6 win over Windsor. Seven-point night includes his 50th goal in his 44th game of the season.
March 16 – Scores 70th and 71st goals of the season and breaks Wayne Gretzky’s OHL record for most goals by a 16-year-old.
March 19 – Finishes second OHL season with a league-leading 72 goals, but his 134 points is second to Patrick Kane’s 145.
April 11 – Generals reach post-season after a two-year absence. Tavares totals seven goals and 12 assists in nine playoff games.
May 26 – Named Canadian Hockey League’s outstanding player for 2006-07.
June 20 – At 16, is the youngest player among 26 invited to play for Canada’s junior team in an eight-game Super Series versus Russia to commemorate the 1972 Summit Series.
Sept. 3 – Born five days too late for the 2009 NHL entry draft, says he feels left behind because his Canadian teammates are all preparing for NHL camps while he has another two years to go before he can do the same. His agent Bryan Deasley has confirmed he’s written a memo to the NHL and Players’ Association about the merit of an exceptional player clause that would allow Tavares to get be drafted in 2009.
Sept. 9 – Finishes eight-game Super Series with one goal and six assists. Struggles at times to mesh his offensive talents with the defensive demands of head coach Brent Sutter.
Oct. 25 – The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail report the Toronto Maple Leafs are contemplating signing 17-year-old Tavares to a one-year pro contract to play for their AHL farm team, the Toronto Marlies. American Hockey League president Dave Andrews dismisses it saying league bylaws require him to have turned 18 by Sept. 15. Deasley denies he’s had any contact with the Leafs, their farm team or any member club about signing a pro contract.
Dec. 10 – Deasley confirms he’s no longer pursuing an exceptional-player clause with the NHL as Tavares arrives at the Canadian junior hockey team’s selection camp.
Dec. 13 – Named to Canada’s under-20 men’s hockey team.
Jan. 5 – Wins gold medal at world junior hockey championships in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Leads tournament in face-offs won at almost 80 per cent and finishes with four goals and one assist in seven games.
March 16 – Finishes third in OHL regular-season scoring with 40 goals and 78 assists in 59 games.
April 23 – Generals eliminated in third round, fifth game, of OHL playoffs. Tavares has three goals and 13 assists in 15 post-season games
June 17 – Signs with Los Angeles-based Creative Artists Agency, which also represents Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kane and Jonathan Toews, just over a month after splitting with Deasley.
Nov. 20 – Generals coach and GM Chris DePiero denies rumours that he’s looking to trade Tavares after Rogers Sportsnet reports Tavares is on the auction block.
Dec. 15 – Named to Canada’s junior hockey team for second straight year.
Dec. 31 – Scores a pair of first-period goals less than a minute apart to spark a Canadian comeback in a 7-4 win over the U.S at the world junior hockey championships. Canada had fallen behind 3-0 just 13 minutes into the game.
Jan. 3 – One of two goalscorers in the shootout of Canada’s 6-5 win over Russia in the semifinal of the world junior hockey championship. Assists on Jordan Eberle’s goal with five seconds remaining in regulation to tie it.
Jan. 5 – Finishes the world junior hockey championship with a tournament-leading eight goals, earns tournament MVP honours and second straight gold medal.
Jan. 8 – Waives no-trade clause with the Generals. Traded to London Knights in a deal involving five other players and six draft picks.
Jan. 11 – Scores twice and adds an assist in his Knights debut.
Jan 12 – Central Scouting names Tavares top North American prospect and Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman best European prospect in mid-season rankings.
Jan. 14 – Has an assist in Top Prospects game, but leaves in the third period with a shoulder injury following a hard check by Zach Kassian.
Feb. 27 – Reaches season 50-goal mark for the second time in his OHL career with an overtime goal versus Erie.
March 8 – Hat trick versus Windsor makes him most prolific goal-scorer in OHL history with 215 career goals, surpassing Ottawa 67’s forward Peter Lee’s 213 that had stood since 1976.
March 14 – Wins Ontario Hockey League’s regular-season scoring title with 58 goals 46 assists in 56 games.
April 14 – Tavares and Hedman remain the top North American and European NHL prospect respectively in Central Scouting’s final rankings of the season.
April 22 – Knights eliminated in OHL semifinal in fifth game by Windsor. Tavares finishes post-season with 10 goals and 11 assists in 14 games.
May 23 – Wins Canadian Hockey League award for top NHL prospect.
June 1 – Passed over in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League inaugural draft.