Connor McDavid

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Connor McDavid
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McDavid with the Edmonton Oilers in 2015
Born (1997-01-13) January 13, 1997 (age 25)
Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team Edmonton Oilers
National teamFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2015
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2015present

Connor Andrew McDavid (born January 13, 1997) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre and captain of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Having been selected first overall by the Oilers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, McDavid has won the Art Ross Trophy three times as the leading scorer in the league, the Hart Memorial Trophy, given to the player judged most valuable to his team, in 2017 and 2021, and the Ted Lindsay Award three times as the best player voted by the NHL Players' Association. Additionally, McDavid is one of only two unanimous Hart Trophy winners in league history, joining Wayne Gretzky.


McDavid grew up in the Toronto area and played hockey there, and was granted "Exceptional Player" status by Hockey Canada, which allowed him to play major junior one year early. He thus joined the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and spent three years with the Otters before the Oilers selected him first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Internationally McDavid played for the Canadian national junior team at one World U18 Championship, two World Junior Championships, and for the senior team at one World Championship, winning one gold at every level. McDavid is regarded as the best player in the National Hockey League (NHL) by most fans of the NHL, as well as his peers. [1]

Playing career


McDavid played minor ice hockey with the York-Simcoe Express of the Ontario Minor Hockey Association (OMHA) before moving to the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL), where he played bantam and minor midget hockey. He played in the 2009 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament as a member of York-Simcoe, and was a teammate of Sam Bennett. [2] In 2011–12 he recorded 79 goals and 130 assists for 209 points in 88 games at the minor midget level, and was named the GTHL Player of the Year. [3]


Because of his high level of play, McDavid was granted Exceptional Player status by Hockey Canada and was allowed to be entered in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection at age 15, a year earlier than he would have otherwise been eligible. [4] [5] He was the third player given that status; after John Tavares was granted it in 2005, followed by Aaron Ekblad in 2011. [3]

McDavid played with the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters in 2013 Connor McDavid (9525014410).jpg
McDavid played with the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters in 2013

McDavid was selected first overall by the Erie Otters at the Priority Selection. [6] As the first overall selection, McDavid was awarded the Jack Ferguson Award. [7] Throughout his inaugural season, McDavid played on a line with Connor Brown. Starting in his second game of the season, McDavid recorded a point in 15 consecutive games, and was named the OHL Rookie of the Month for both October and November. [8] During a game against the Owen Sound Attack on March 9, 2013, McDavid recorded two assists, giving him 37 for the season and setting a new team record for assists by a rookie. He also tied Tim Connolly for most points by a first-year player, with 62. [9] In the team's final game of the season, March 16 against the Guelph Storm, McDavid recorded four assists, giving him 66 total points during the season and passing Connolly for the most points by an Otters rookie. [10] McDavid finished the season with the most assists by an OHL rookie with 41 and second in scoring for first-year players, with 66 points. [11] In recognition of his play, McDavid was awarded the Emms Family Award as the top rookie in the OHL, was a finalist for CHL Rookie of the Year, and was named to the OHL First All-Rookie Team. [8] Dallas Stars's general manager Jim Nill said of McDavid, "Well, he's a franchise player. Somebody is going to draft him and he's going to be the cornerstone of the franchise for 15 years, for 20 years. Those players only come along so often." [12]

Following his 2013–14 season, McDavid won the William Hanley Trophy (the OHL's most sportsmanlike player), [13] and the Bobby Smith Trophy (OHL Scholastic Player of the Year), was named the CHL Scholastic Player of the Year, and was named to the OHL Second All Star Team.

Sweater worn by McDavid while playing with the Erie Otters, on exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame McDavid sweater.jpg
Sweater worn by McDavid while playing with the Erie Otters, on exhibit at the Hockey Hall of Fame

During training camp for the 2014–15 season, McDavid was named the captain of the Erie Otters. [14] McDavid had a strong start to the season before breaking his hand in an on-ice fight on November 11, 2014. At the time, McDavid was leading the OHL in points, having scored 16 goals and 35 assists in 18 games. [15] McDavid missed six weeks of play as a result of his injury, returning to the ice to play for Canada at the 2015 World Junior Championships. He rejoined the Otters on January 8, 2015, scoring a goal in a 4–3 loss against the Sarnia Sting. [16] In the 47 games that McDavid played with the Otters during the 2014–15 regular season, he registered 44 goals and 76 assists, finishing third in OHL scoring. McDavid had a dominating performance during the OHL playoffs, scoring 21 goals and 28 assists and leading all players with 49 points (in comparison, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds player, Nick Ritchie, was second in playoff scoring with 26 points). He was awarded the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as playoff MVP despite the fact that the Erie Otters were eliminated in 5 games in the OHL Championship by the Oshawa Generals. [17] New York Islanders captain, and former Oshawa General, John Tavares, was in attendance during Game 3 of the 2015 finals and said of McDavid: "I don't think I've ever seen anyone with that kind of acceleration — you think he's at top gear and there just always seems to be another level." [18]

Following the 2014–15 season, McDavid was awarded the Red Tilson Trophy for the OHL Player of the Year and was named CHL Player of the Year. [19] He is the most decorated player in OHL history. [20]


McDavid was drafted first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. [21] On July 3, 2015, McDavid signed a three-year entry-level contract with the team. [22] He made his NHL debut on October 8, 2015, in a 3–1 loss to the St. Louis Blues. [23] McDavid scored his first goal (and point) four nights later against goaltender Kari Lehtonen, in a 4–2 loss to the Dallas Stars. [24] On November 3, 2015, he broke his clavicle during a game against the Philadelphia Flyers when he collided with Brandon Manning, which caused him to miss the next 37 games. He returned to the line-up on February 2, 2016, scoring a goal and gaining two assists. [25] In his first game against his boyhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, McDavid had his first five-point night, recording a point on every goal in a 5–2 victory, including three assists (on three Jordan Eberle goals) and two goals. He finished third in voting for the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year despite participating in only 45 games in his rookie season. [26]

On October 5, 2016, McDavid was named captain of the Oilers, making him the youngest captain in NHL history. [27] At 19 years and 266 days, McDavid was 20 days younger than Gabriel Landeskog when he was named captain of the Colorado Avalanche.

On November 19, 2016, in a game against the Dallas Stars, McDavid recorded his first career hat trick in a 5–2 win ending a 10-game goal drought. [28] On January 18, McDavid recorded his 100th career point with an assist against the Florida Panthers, doing so in 92 games and becoming the fourth-fastest active player to reach 100 points. McDavid finished the season with 30 goals, 70 assists, and 100 points, and won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer. He was the third-youngest player to ever win the award; only Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky were younger when they won. McDavid had 11 more points than the next highest scorers, Crosby and Patrick Kane. [29]

On July 5, 2017, McDavid signed an eight-year, $100 million extension with the Oilers. [30] The average annual value of $12.5 million per year is the highest in the NHL, surpassing the $10.5 million contracts held by Carey Price, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane. [31]

McDavid became the first Oiler in history to score a hat trick in an opening-night game, which took place on October 4, 2017, against the team's provincial rival, the Calgary Flames. [32] On January 13, 2018, McDavid scored his 200th point on an assist from Drake Caggiula's goal.

McDavid entered his second NHL All-Star Game in 2018, participating in two events. He became the first player to win the "NHL Fastest Skater Competition" event back-to-back, with times of 13.310 seconds in 2017, and 13.454 seconds in 2018. [33]

In the 2017–18 season, McDavid scored his second, third, and fourth career hat tricks. [34] [35] [36] He also earned his first four-goal game, against the Tampa Bay Lightning, on February 5, 2018. [37] Despite the Oilers failing to qualify for the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, McDavid won the Art Ross Trophy for the second straight season, [38] and won the Ted Lindsay Award for the second consecutive time. [39] [40]

He scored 41 goals and 75 assists during the 2018–19 season, good for second overall in the NHL in total points; however, the Oilers would once again miss the Stanley Cup playoffs. For his efforts, he was named a finalist for the Ted Lindsay Award, awarded annually to the NHL's most outstanding player in the regular season as judged by the members of the NHL Players' Association. [41]

McDavid would go on to tally 34 goals and 63 assists during the 2019–20 season, which was halted in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He would score five goals and four assists during the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs as the Oilers were defeated by the Chicago Blackhawks in four games in the preliminary round. [42]

After the Oilers were eliminated from the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, McDavid spent time in the offseason to improve his defensive game, an aspect of his play that has led him to receive criticism [43] in years past, and seen as one of the very limited drawbacks to his play.

On February 17, 2021, McDavid scored his 500th point, becoming the 18th player to score 500 points in fewer than 400 games and the 21st player to achieve this before his 25th birthday. [44]

On May 8, 2021, McDavid recorded his 100th point of the season in his 53rd game, becoming only the ninth player to reach the mark in that short a timespan, and the first since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr did so in 1995–96. [45] [46] McDavid received all 100 first places votes for his second Hart Trophy win as the most valuable player of the NHL, becoming the second unanimous winner in league history (along with Wayne Gretzky in 1981–82). [47]

McDavid began the 2021–22 NHL season with 8 goals and 22 points through his first 10 games, tying teammate Leon Draisaitl as the leader of the NHL in points. This was the best opening stretch in the history of the Oilers franchise, with nine wins and only one loss. In a November 5, 2021 game against the New York Rangers, McDavid stickhandled through four Rangers players in front of the net to then fake his way past goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and tie the game, sending it into overtime where the Oilers would ultimately win the game. Many commentators and fans called it the finest goal of his career to that point. [48]

International play

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McDavid with Team Canada in 2016
Medal record
Representing Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2016 Russia
World Junior Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2015 Canada
World U18 Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2013 Russia

McDavid first played in an IIHF tournament in 2013 when he joined the Canadian under-18 team at the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championships in Sochi, Russia. The youngest player on the Canadian team, McDavid played his first game against Slovakia on April 18, where he recorded one goal and two assists. [11] After recording a hat trick against Sweden, McDavid was named the best Canadian player of the game. [49] [50] He led the tournament in goals and points while helping Canada win a gold medal for only the third time since the tournament's inception in 1999, defeating the four-time defending champion, the United States, in the final. Jim Nill, then chief scout for the Detroit Red Wings, said of his performance that, "I guess you could say he is kind of The Next One. Every so many years [a player arrives like] Gretzky, Lemieux. I think he is making a statement. Is he [the next Sidney] Crosby? I think he is the next guy." [51]

McDavid played for Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship where the team finished fourth. He also represented Canada in the 2015 World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal where they won gold on January 5, 2015. He served as one of the two alternate captains for the team. In the 7 games McDavid played at the tournament he scored 3 goals and a tournament-leading 8 assists. He was named to the tournament all-star team. [52]

He won gold playing for Canada at the 2016 World Hockey Championship.

In the 2016 World Cup of Hockey he was captain of Team North America, composed of players age 23 and under from Canada and the United States. [53]

McDavid and teammates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Darnell Nurse were part of Team Canada's 2018 IIHF World Championship roster, with McDavid serving as captain of the team. [54] Canada finished fourth in the tournament.

On October 3, 2021, McDavid was one of the first three players named to the men's hockey roster for Canada's team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, alongside Sidney Crosby and Alex Pietrangelo. [55]

Personal life

McDavid was born in 1997 in Richmond Hill, Ontario [56] to Brian and Kelly McDavid. He has an older brother named Cameron. McDavid first skated at age 3, and the next year he started playing hockey; his parents lied about his age because participants were required to be 5 years old. [57] When McDavid was 6, the hockey association in his hometown of Newmarket would not let him play above his age group. Instead of having him play in the lower level, McDavid's parents enrolled him with a team in nearby Aurora, where he played against players as old as 9. [58] McDavid later joined the York-Simcoe Express, a team in Aurora, Ontario, where he was coached by his father, Brian; the team would win four Ontario Minor Hockey Association championships. [58]

The decision to leave the York Simcoe Express in 2011 to join the Toronto Marlboros, according to McDavid, came at a personal cost [59] with both him and his parents losing friends over the decision.

McDavid considered attending Boston University and playing hockey for their team, the Terriers, but decided it would be best for his development to play in the OHL. [60]

Being from Southern Ontario, McDavid followed various sporting teams in the area. His favourite team growing up was the Toronto Maple Leafs, but he also followed the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Blue Jays. [61] [62] In addition to the Maple Leafs, McDavid was also a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins due to the presence of his favourite player Sidney Crosby. [63] In 2015, McDavid said his most comparable NHL player was then-Maple Leafs centre Tyler Bozak due to his good skating and "pass first" mentality. [64]

On October 5, 2020, McDavid tested positive for COVID-19 amid its pandemic in Canada. [65] In November 2020, photos of the Edmonton house McDavid built with his interior designer girlfriend Lauren Kyle went viral on Twitter [66] after being published in an Edmonton-based magazine, Edify, in July 2020. [67]

In November 2020, McDavid and his dog Lenny appeared in the music video for country singer Brett Kissel's "A Few Good Stories" with Walk off the Earth. [68]

NHL records

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Bold indicates led league

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2011–12 Toronto Marlboros GTHL U16 AAA 8879130209
2011–12 Toronto Marlboros GTHL U16 3327507714
2012–13 Erie Otters OHL 6325416636
2013–14 Erie OttersOHL572871992014415192
2014–15 Erie OttersOHL474476120482021284912
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4516324818
2016–17 Edmonton OilersNHL82307010026135492
2017–18 Edmonton OilersNHL82416710826
2018–19 Edmonton OilersNHL78417511620
2019–20 Edmonton OilersNHL643463972845492
2020–21 Edmonton OilersNHL5633721052041340
NHL totals407195379574138211111224


YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2013 Canada U18 Gold medal icon.svg786142
2014 Canada WJC 4th71344
2015 CanadaWJCGold medal icon.svg738110
2016 Canada WC Gold medal icon.svg101896
2016 Team North America WCH 5th30334
2018 CanadaWC4th105121710
Junior totals211217296
Senior totals236232920

Awards and honours

Jack Ferguson Award – Top Pick in OHL Priority Selection Draft 2012
Emms Family Award – Rookie of the Year 2013
First All-Rookie Team2013
Bobby Smith Trophy – Scholastic Player of the Year 2014, 2015
William Hanley Trophy – Most Sportsmanlike Player2014 [69]
CHL Scholastic Player of the Year 2014, 2015
Red Tilson Trophy – Most Outstanding Player2015 [70]
First All-Star Team2015 [71]
CHL Top Draft Prospect Award 2015
CHL Player of the Year 2015 [72]
Rookie of the Month October 2015
February 2016
March 2016
NHL All-Rookie Team 2016
NHL All-Star Game 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022
Art Ross Trophy 2017, 2018, 2021
Hart Memorial Trophy 2017, 2021
Ted Lindsay Award 2017, 2018, 2021
NHL First All-Star Team 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 [74]
EA Sports NHL cover athlete 2018
IIHF World U18 Championship – Tournament MVP 2013
IIHF World U18 Championship – Best Forward2013
IIHF World U18 Championship – Scoring Leader2013
IIHF World U20 Championship – Tournament All-Star Team 2015

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by Jack Ferguson Award
Succeeded by
Preceded by Winner of the Emms Family Award
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Preceded by Art Ross Trophy winner
2017, 2018
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Nikita Kucherov
Preceded by Hart Memorial Trophy winner
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Taylor Hall
Preceded by Ted Lindsay Award winner
2017, 2018
Succeeded by
Nikita Kucherov
Preceded by EA Sports NHL Cover Athlete
NHL 18
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Preceded by NHL first overall draft pick
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Preceded by Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
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Sporting positions
Preceded by Edmonton Oilers captain