A native of Newmarket, Ontario, Connor entered the OHL as a 15-year-old with exceptional status after being selected first overall by the Erie Otters in 2012. He enjoyed an outstanding junior hockey career both on the ice and in the classroom, being named the CHL’s Most Outstanding Player and winning multiple CHL Scholastic awards. Connor was selected 1st overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers and made his NHL debut in the 2015-16 NHL season. During his rookie season, he established himself as an elite NHL player, was nominated as a finalist for the Calder trophy, and was named to the NHL All-Rookie team.
As a testament to his on ice abilities and leadership qualities, the Edmonton Oilers named McDavid the youngest captain in NHL history prior to the start of the 2016-17 NHL season.
Internationally, Connor has won three gold medals as a member of Canada's 2013 U18 World Championship team, 2015 World Junior Championship team, and 2016 Mens World Championship team. Most recently, Connor captained Team North America at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.