"He's one of the elite players in this league, for sure," Snow told NHL.com. "We were very fortunate to win the lottery the year that we had the first overall pick. His hockey game speaks for itself. Anyone that watches him play realizes he's a special talent.
"But behind the scenes, the character that John is, it's probably the biggest attribute he's brought to our organization. He's a class act and a wonderful person. We're glad he's our captain."
The 2015-16 season will be Tavares' third year as the team's captain. He was appointed to the position on September 10, 2013 at a press conference held during the Islanders Children's Foundation Golf Outing at Bethpage State Park Golf Course.
Tavares had a career year recording 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists) in 82 games last year. The Islanders' captain will be entering his seventh season in the NHL this fall.
Whenever anyone discusses John Tavares, his on-ice credentials are always a big part of the conversation, but sometimes his off-ice attributes get lost in the discussion. The 24-year-old has been one of the most mature players in the league since he arrived in New York in 2009. His years of dealing with expectations and the press during his junior career forced him to grow up at a quicker pace than other players.
While Tavares may be a catalog of cliches sometimes with the media, he is a leader in the locker room who likes to lead by example. Tavares' work ethic and determination have carried him very far in the NHL. The Islanders are an organization that looks at the character of a player as much as it does the skill set they possess. Tavares is no different in that regard.