The Buffalo Bandits announce the signing of forward John Tavares to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Tavares is designated the Bandits franchise player.
Tavares has been with the Bandits for the past 10 seasons. A native of Mississauga, Ontario, he was selected as The National Lacrosse League's Most Valuable Player in 1994, 1999 and 2000. He holds the Bandits all-time team record in six different categories including goals (376), assists (373) and points (749). Tavares currently is third all-time in the NLL for goals, second in assists and second in points. In 2001, Tavares was the first player in NLL history to score more then 100 points in a season netting 115 points.
In the summer of 2001, Tavares played for the Akwesasne Thunder in the Ontario Lacrosse Association scoring 26 goals and 32 assists for 58 points in 14 games. Tavares ended the summer in the Western Lacrosse Association playing for the Victoria Shamrocks netting 20 goals and 32 assists in just eight games. This past summer he played for Team Canada in the Lacrosse World Championships in Perth, Australia. In six games he scored 10 goals and two assists.
The Bandits will open the season on January 4 against the Albany Attack. Face off is set for 7:00 PM. Season tickets for the Bandits are on sale now at the HSBC Arena. Please call (716) 855-4444 ext. 82 to get your seats today.