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Ex-Islander reveals his shocking opinion on Isles fans disrespecting John Tavares


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Dean Chaudhry
December 13, 2023  (3:15 PM)
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The New York Islanders fan base have never forgiven nor have they forgotten John Tavares' departure through free agency in 2018. Their long-time captain was mum about his future, played through the season and into the post-season before departing for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the summer.

Ever since then he's been mercilessly booed every time he visits his old stomping grounds and it was on display once again on Monday night when he recorded his 1,000th career NHL point in front of the Islanders faithful. Tavares spent his first 9 seasons on Long Island where he scored 272 goals and 621 points through 669 games.
Mark Lazerus, who covers the Chicago Blackhawks, caught up with former Islanders forward Anthony Beauvillier to catch his thoughts on the situation. Beauvillier played his first 2 seasons with Tavares in 2016-17 and 2017-18:
"Just shows you how passionate they are. They remember everything. Whether it was 40 years ago, 10 years ago, or five. I thought it was pretty funny."

Beauvillier spent the first 7 years of his career with the Islanders before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks ahead of the trade deadline last year in a package deal that involved Bo Horvat. He understands the passion behind the Islanders fan base and finds the lighter side to the situation, rather than looking at any negatives.
The one thing you want from any fan base is passion and the Islanders will always be passionate about their club, their history, and their players. Tavares was a superstar during his time and his departure stung then, still stings to this day, and doesn't seem like that's going to change any time soon.
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