Legend nets all-time mark

MIKE BEASLEY -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:55 AM ET

Move over Wayne Gretzky.

Make room on the pedestal for another Canadian record scoring leader.

John Tavares of the Akwesasne Thunder in the Ontario Major Series made history on Saturday night as he became the all-time leading scorer in Canadian lacrosse.

Tavares broke a 30-year-old record, surpassing John Davis' total of 2,053 career points (893 goals, 1,160 assists), compiled from 1961-1975.

Tavares entered the game against the Six Nations Chiefs three points shy of Davis' career mark. The historic moment came late in the second period while the Thunder was on the power play. Tavares set up team-mate Nick Trudeau for the record setter.

Despite seeing their team lose 17-13, Akwesasne Arena (just across the river from Cornwall) fans' eyes were glued to the scoring machine.

Tavares finished the night with four assists and a berth in the record book. He's now at 2,055 points (965G, 1,090A) and counting.

The total includes all regular-season and playoff games in the Major Series League (Ontario Senior A) Western Senior League, and Mann Cup (Canadian senior championship).

Tavares' professional career with the Buffalo Bandits, where he has totalled 1,174 points (570G, 604A) in 183 regular and post-season games is not included.

In almost 14 years of senior and pro lacrosse, Tavares has amassed 1,535 goals, 1,694 assists for 3,229 points.

"It takes a lot of years to break a record like that, so it definitely shows my age," said the 36 year-old Tavares with a wink and a smile.

"It also makes me think of all the great players that I've played with in the past that helped me achieve this milestone."

Tavares has no plan to retire. The Toronto native plans to play for several more years and would dearly love to bring a championship to Akwesasne.


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