The New York Islanders were swift to protect their former “selfish” captain.
“He’s a fantastic teammate,” said defenceman Thomas Hickey, who played six seasons together with Tavares in New York. “For any individual to say he’s selfish, they’re just misguided. Perhaps they’re on the lookout for a headline.”
That essential tweet from retired Islander Rob Schremp stating Tavares “just collects HIS points and HIS awards” certainly built for an appealing headline past week.
The greatest “ I did my task “ kind of celebrity. He wins when he goes to perform for his nation as they are loaded with gamers primarily equivalent or improved. Other than that, he just collects HIS points and HIS awards.
— Rob Schremp (@RobSchremp) February 16, 2019
Certain, Tavares remaining the Islanders to join his childhood workforce in Toronto, but his former teammates nevertheless have his back — ample for various of them to condemn Schremp’s unsavoury accusations.
“The year John shed the scoring title by one particular point (to Jamie Benn in 2014-15), in a meaningless perform about midway via the year I shot it and it seemed like Johnny tipped it,” Hickey shared with Sportsnet’s Eric Francis. “He received credit score for it. Just after the activity he mentioned, ‘I’m heading to change that, I did not touch it — that was your point.’”
“If the workforce isn’t possessing accomplishment and he is, it’s not his fault,” mentioned Jordan Eberle, who only put in a season with Tavares in Extensive Island. “I’ve in no way viewed him be selfish. (The tweet) was a little bit stunning. I was shocked, mainly because I know John and played with him and I think the the vast majority of guys who played with him will say the exact same matter.”
“The way he normally takes care of himself and all that — he wanted to be the best. That’s his target. Every little thing he did was for the group,” echoed Islanders winger Andrew Ladd. “Nothing but fantastic points from me as a teammate. He’s received a fantastic rep in this home.”
While the Islanders positive never seem to concur with Schremp, this tale line need to include a small additional fuel to the hearth as Tavares prepares to make his really-anticipated return to Extensive Island on February 28.
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