WINDSOR, Ontario (AP) – Already likely to be the top pick in the NHL draft, John Tavares burnished his credentials a little bit more.

The teenager set the Ontario Hockey League record by scoring three goals on Sunday to give him 215 in his junior career.

He tied Peter Lee’s 1976 record of 213 with his first goal, then added two more to help his London Knights beat the Windsor Spitfires 4-3. Lee was taken first overall by Montreal in 1976.

He received a prolonged standing ovation from the sold-out crowd when he got the record with seven minutes to play.

“I really appreciated the reaction of the fans,” he said. “They have great fans here and it was a classy thing to do.”

Tavares has 15 goals in his past 10 games and leads the league this season with 56 goals and 104 points, despite taking time off to play for Canada at the world junior championships.


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