It’s September 20, 2018. The National Hockey League is about to begin its 102nd season.
The NHL, as we all know, is a league that is quickly becoming younger and younger. The recent influx of young stars like Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine has truly been a sight to behold as the league ushers in a new era of top-end talent.
The era where 80’s-born players dominated the game is now entering its twilight years. Sure, the likes of Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin still have a few years left in the tank, but there’s no doubting that this is now a young man’s league, with young stars looking to propel their respective clubs to glory.
Today, then, we shift our focus away from the 1980’s and into the birth decade which now boasts the most NHL talent. Let’s zero in on September 20, 1990 – 28 years ago today – and celebrate some of the greatest NHL players who were born on this day.
#1: John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs
Career: 669 GP, 272 G, 349 A, 621 Pts.
Last Season: 82 GP, 37 G, 47 A, 84 Pts.
Where to begin? Out of all NHL players born on September 20, 1990, John Tavares is the cream of the crop. He leads all players born on this day with 621 points through 669 career games, and was also first in goals (37), and assists (47) amongst this group last season.
His three points through 1 preseason game this season also leads this crop of players thus far in 2018-19. Not to mention, he is tied for the most goals in Leafs franchise history amongst players born on 9/20/90 with 0.
John Tavares Career Highlights
John Tavares stands out definitively amongst his peers who share his birthday. An elite class with an elite leader, the players of 9/20/90 have a lot to be proud of as they look up to Toronto’s Tavares.
Happy birthday, John.