With a week left in the regular season, he is closing in on 100 points and has 18 over his last 10 games as the Oilers push to overtake the Anaheim Ducks at the top of the Pacific Division standings. He has a huge heart.”When she is back home in Southern Ontario, she keeps in contact with Connor by text message, at least once every other day. “Friends ask, ‘How do you stand it?’ but it has just become a normal part of our lives.“I watched Sidney Crosby go through a difficult time a few years ago, and I worry. They stayed with him at his condo on the city’s north side. He has 28 multiple-point games this season, three more than Crosby or Chicago’s Patrick Kane, both chasing him in the points race.If life has taken off for Connor, it hasn’t changed too drastically for his mother or father, Brian. He really cares. Together, McDavid and Draisaitl, who is 21, are the NHL’s top scoring tandem with 168 points.“I am so proud of Connor,” his mother says. “I have always said he is an old soul trapped in a young body. Bobby Orr discovered him at a tryout camp when Connor was 13, and he entered the Ontario Hockey League a year early at 15.He has exceeded impossibly-high expectations and lifted a team and a city. He has now played 123 games and has never gone three straight without a point. At the start of the season, he became the youngest captain in league history.“One difference I notice about him from last year to now is his confidence,” Kelly McDavid says. She doesn’t ask him about hockey.“I ask how he is doing,” she says. He gets bombarded. He was 19 years and 266 days old, 20 days younger than the NHL’s previous youngest captain, Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog.That was one time that Kelly didn’t fret.“He was born to be a captain,” she says. My hope is that he stays healthy, and I don’t want him so focused on playing.“I want him to take time to smell the roses.”Less than two years out of high school, the 20-year-old has made a strong case to be named hockey’s most valuable player. “When they gave that to him, he took the role very seriously. It’s a long career and you don’t know what is going to happen.”Touted as the sport’s greatest young star since Crosby arrived in Pittsburgh a dozen years ago, McDavid sat out half of his first season with a broken clavicle. At least three songs have been written about him, the most recent released last week by a local rapper named Cadence Weapon.“Watching him start his career so publicly hasn’t really been that hard because he has been in the spotlight a long time now,” Kelly says. Residents of the building know he lives there, and occasionally leave bags of items for him to sign at his door.“He signs things and then puts the bag back outside,” Kelly says. Thousands of fans wear his jersey at each home game. “Things miraculously appear and disappear.”On Thursday night last week, Connor had an assist and a short-handed goal on a breakaway as the Oilers topped the San Jose Sharks. I want him to enjoy his life.” I don’t care what’s going on at the rink. That he would be a star was preordained. Fans knock on the door in search of a souvenir.“People approach us all the time wanting stuff autographed,” Kelly says. “Him getting an injury is always a worry, but my big concern is that he is happy,” Kelly McDavid says. “It is like they think we have an inventory of things laying around.“I tell them that if they want us to get something signed, we can give it to Connor in the summer, but that’s kind of tough. Both still work full-time, she as a human resources manager, he as a consultant.They still live in the same home in Newmarket, a suburb about 45 minutes from Toronto. Connor McDavid, the Edmonton Oilers’ young captain, has spent the season leading the NHL scoring race, and guiding his team to the playoffs for the first time in nearly 11 years.Across the country, Kelly McDavid has watched her youngest son come of age in public, always cheering, sometimes worrying, never not being a mother. At times, young boys ring their doorbell hoping that Connor is home. “He puts the team first, but he achieves his goals, too.”Fans expressed concern when the Oilers appointed McDavid their captain in October. On Saturday, he played a role in all three of his team’s goals in a come-from-behind overtime victory over the Anaheim Ducks.Fans started chanting “MVP” during that game, which ended with McDavid setting up the winning goal by his linemate Leon Draisaitl with a perfect pass. “I like it when he tells me has done something fun with the guys. “As a mom, that is what I want more than anything else. He used to always want to be older.“I would have to tell him, ‘Connor you are only four once’, and he’d say, ‘But I want to be five.’”He’s wanted to be a hockey player, and a captain, since he was a kid back home in Southern Ontario. We really want him to relax when he comes home.”In Edmonton to visit Connor last week, Kelly and Brian were recognized by fans.