Danny Taylor (ice hockey)

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Danny Taylor
Daniel Taylor.jpg
Born (1986-04-28) April 28, 1986 (age 28)
Plymouth, England, GBR
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
SHL team
Former teams
Färjestad BK
Los Angeles Kings
Hamburg Freezers
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 221st overall, 2004
Los Angeles Kings
Playing career 2006–present

Daniel Taylor (born April 28, 1986) is a British-born Canadian[1] professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently playing with Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He was a seventh round selection of the Los Angeles Kings, 221st overall, at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft and appeared in one game for Los Angeles. He has also played for the Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Hamburg Freezers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

Playing career[edit]

Taylor spent three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League playing for the Guelph Storm and Kingston Frontenacs before moving onto professional hockey. Taylor spent the majority of the 2007–08 season with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. He played in 23 games, posting a 13–5–2 record. He also had a 2.40 GAA, 0.921 save percentage and recorded 4 shut-outs. He earned a recall to the Kings, and made his NHL debut on March 29, 2008, in relief of starting goaltender Erik Ersberg. Taylor played the third period, giving up two goals in what was a 7–2 loss to the Dallas Stars.[2] Taylor returned to the Monarchs for the 2008–09 season and played 15 games, recording a 7–4–2 record. That year he had a 2.66 GAA and a 0.909 save percentage.

For the 2009–10 season Taylor was signed to a professional try-out agreement by the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. He played in 9 games that year for the Crunch, posting a 2–4–0 record before he was released from the agreement.[3] He also had a 3.63 GAA and 0.896 save percentage.

The next year, Taylor signed with the Springfield Falcons. Taylor stayed with the team for the 2010–11 season and played in 4 games, having a 2–2–0 record. He had a 2.35 GAA and a 0.929 save percentage. He played the remainder of the season in Germany with the Hamburg Freezers. Taylor returned to the Falcons for the 2011–12 season. In 10 games with Springfield he posted a 5–3–0 record with a 2.58 GAA and a .914 save percentage, but there was a crowded crease in Springfield with Taylor, Manny Legace, and Allen York, and Taylor was bounced out. But it didn't take long for him to get signed as he was picked up by the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL.[4]

On August 10, 2012, Taylor was extended by the Heat to a one-year contract for the 2012–13 season.[5] He was among the AHL's goaltending leaders midway through the season with a second-best GAA of 1.77 and was fourth in save percentage at .930 when an injury to Calgary Flames' goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff led the Flames to sign Taylor to an NHL contract on February 6 and recall him to Calgary.[6] He spent several days with the Flames, but was returned to Abbotsford without seeing action. However, he was again recalled to Calgary on February 16, replacing Leland Irving as the backup goaltender to Joey MacDonald.[7]

Five years after his first NHL game, Taylor finally made his second appearance (and first NHL start) on February 18, 2013, against the Phoenix Coyotes.[8] He made 37 saves, but the Flames lost the game 4–0.[9] In his second start, on March 3, Taylor earned his first NHL victory with a 4–2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.[10]

A free agent following the season, Taylor chose to go to Sweden. He signed a contract to play with Färjestad BK in the SHL for the 2013–14 season.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Guelph Storm OHL 26 16 4 3 1462 66 0 2.71 .900 3 1 1 159 9 0 3.40 .857
2004–05 Guelph Storm OHL 31 13 14 3 1821 80 2 2.64 .911 1 0 1 59 4 0 4.07 .900
2005–06 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 57 32 15 6 3319 172 3 3.11 .911 5 2 3 300 14 1 2.80 .918
2006–07 Bakersfield Condors ECHL 17 7 7 2 969 70 0 4.33 .872
2006–07 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 1 0 0 1 62 4 0 3.86 .833
2006–07 Texas Wildcatters ECHL 2 0 1 0 74 2 0 1.61 .905 6 3 1 359 15 0 2.51 .917
2007–08 Manchester Monarchs AHL 23 13 5 2 1275 51 4 2.40 .921
2007–08 Reading Royals ECHL 5 3 0 0 182 8 0 2.63 .917 13 7 6 815 38 1 2.80 .906
2007–08 Los Angeles Kings NHL 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .800
2008–09 Reading Royals ECHL 23 3 17 1 1257 83 0 3.96 .881
2008–09 Manchester Monarchs AHL 15 7 4 2 744 33 0 2.66 .909
2009–10 Gwinnett Gladiators ECHL 37 18 13 5 2181 126 1 3.47 .902
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 9 2 4 0 397 24 0 3.63 .896
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 4 2 2 0 230 9 0 2.35 .929
2010–11 Hamburg Freezers DEL 28 14 14 0 1678 81 1 2.90 .905
2011–12 Springfield Falcons AHL 10 5 3 0 512 22 0 2.58 .914
2011–12 Abbotsford Heat AHL 33 17 10 3 1815 67 5 2.21 .927 7 4 3 426 16 0 2.26 .917
2012–13 Abbotsford Heat AHL 40 18 10 2 2108 72 3 2.05 .922
2012–13 Calgary Flames NHL 2 1 1 0 120 6 0 3.00 .912
NHL totals 3 1 1 0 140 8 0 3.43 .897

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goaltender matures as Heat into playoffs". 2012-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-16. 
  2. ^ Sportak, Randy (2013-02-07). "Taylor-made No. 2". Calgary Sun. p. S2. 
  3. ^ "Falcons sign Tarnasky to PTO". oursportscentral.com. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2011-02-03. 
  4. ^ "Taylor moves to the Heat". oursportscentral.com. 2011-12-02. Retrieved 2011-12-02. 
  5. ^ "Heat sign Goaltender Danny Taylor". Abbotsford Heat. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  6. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2013-02-06). "Calgary Flames sign Abbotsford Heat goalie Danny Taylor to two way deal after Miikka Kiprusoff injury". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  7. ^ "Flames recall goalie Taylor, demote Irving". Abbotsford News. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  8. ^ Cruickshank, Scott (2013-02-18). "'We're all pushing for him:' Danny Taylor gets his first start in goal for Flames". Calgary Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  9. ^ "Mike Smith stops 29 for 3rd shutout of year as Coyotes snuff Flames". ESPN. 2013-02-18. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  10. ^ Johnson, George (2013-03-04). "Rookie goalie took the long way". Calgary Herald. p. C1. 
  11. ^ Gilbertson, Wes (2013-05-23). "Flames goaltender Taylor bolts for Sweden". Calgary Sun. p. S3. 

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