Tavares, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft, ranked third in the league in goals scored last season with 28. He’ll turn 23 on Sept. 20.
“John has developed into an elite player in this league and become the leader of our franchise both on and off the ice,” Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a statement. “He consistently represents our organization with class and respect. John’s work ethic and determination inspires his teammates to succeed, which makes him the perfect choice to lead our franchise.”
Tavares made a long-term commitment to the Islanders when he signed a six-year, $33 million contract extension back in September 2011. That contract runs through 2018.
“I’m honored to be named captain of the New York Islanders,” Tavares said. “To represent my teammates, coaches, management and the incredible fans that support this historic franchise is something that I take seriously. My experiences over the past four seasons have prepared me for this responsibility and I look forward to the challenge of leading the Islanders each season as we contend for the Stanley Cup.”