Tavares still rewriting record book

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:10 AM ET

The Tavares family has quite the gene pool, especially those named John.

John Tavares is considered the Wayne Gretzky of lacrosse. He owns every offensive record in the NLL. His nephew, John, a highly-touted junior, could be the next Wayne Gretzky in hockey.

"I'm a teacher back in Toronto and a lot of my teaching buddies joke around that I am second fiddle to him now," said Tavares, who is a seven-time NLL all-star.

"I am just happy to still be playing at my age. I have accomplished a lot over my career and I have a ton of memories, but that is what happens when you play in the league for 17 years."

Tavares has scored 612 goals, 690 assists and 1,302 points in 205 games, all NLL records.

"It's nice to hold all those records; I know they won't stand, the game is growing way too much for them to ever hold up, but it's nice to be a guy that had them at one point," he said yesterday.

It's a rarity in professional sports to see one player play his entire career with just one team, but Tavares has played his entire career with the Buffalo Bandits.

"I wouldn't want to play anywhere else and it's an honour that Buffalo thinks enough of me that I have been able to play there my entire career," Tavares said.

"I am 90 minutes away from Buffalo and after 17 years, you can do that drive with your eyes closed. "

Despite being the second oldest player in the league, Tavares still leads the NLL scoring race with 63 points in 11 games.

It's been 10 years since his last championship. He says he hopes to play at least two more years in the league.


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