Dave Taylor (ice hockey)

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Dave Taylor
Born (1955-12-04) December 4, 1955 (age 59)
Levack, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Los Angeles Kings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 210th overall, 1975
Los Angeles Kings
WHA Draft 113th overall, 1975
Houston Aeros
Playing career 1977–1994

David Andrew Taylor (born December 4, 1955) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Los Angeles Kings from 197794.[1] Following his playing career, he served as the Kings' general manager from 1997 to 2006, and currently serves as Vice President of Hockey Operations with the NHL's St. Louis Blues.

Playing career[edit]

Taylor played collegiate hockey at Clarkson University, where he still holds the school record for career points (251) goals (98) and assists (153) as well as single season goals (41) assists (67) and points (108) in the 1976–77 campaign; in comparison, opposing teams scored a combined 127 goals on Clarkson that year.[2]

Taylor was a member of the Triple Crown Line along with centre Marcel Dionne and left winger Charlie Simmer. All three scored more than 100 points in the 1980–81 season with the Kings; Taylor scored 112 points that season (with Dionne and Simmer scoring 135 and 105 points, respectively).[3] He holds the Kings record for games played with 1,111 and served as team captain from 1985-1989.[4]

Taylor is the lowest-drafted player to net 1,000 career points, drafted in the 15th round (210th overall) of the 1975 NHL draft.[citation needed] The Los Angeles Kings have retired #18 in his honor.[5]

Front office[edit]

Taylor was hired as the General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings in 1997 and held the position until 2006, when a front office reshuffling saw him assume the position of Director of Amateur Development. With a record of 290-261-74-31, Taylor was the winningest GM in Kings’ history.[6] He later moved to the Dallas Stars and served as the team's Director of Player Personnel for three seasons.

Taylor was hired by the St. Louis Blues on July 1, 2010, as Vice President of Hockey Operations.

Personal[edit]

Taylor has dealt with stuttering since childhood. The speech disorder once forced him to drop a college class when he discovered that an oral presentation would be required. When interviewed after games early in his professional hockey career, Taylor would attempt to conceal his stuttering by faking hyperventilation as a means of providing him with fluency. Taylor credits Los Angeles-based Speech-Language Pathologist Vivian Sheehan for assisting him in his triumph over stuttering.[7]

Taylor and his wife Beth currently reside near Los Angeles with their two daughters, Jamie and Katie.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC First Team 1976–77
AHCA East All-American 1976–77

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1974–75 Clarkson University ECAC 32 20 34 54
1975–76 Clarkson University ECAC 31 26 33 59
1976–77 Clarkson University ECAC 34 41 67 108
1976–77 Fort Worth Texans CHL 7 2 4 6 2
1977–78 Los Angeles Kings NHL 64 22 21 43 47 2 0 0 0 5
1978–79 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 43 48 91 124 2 0 0 0 2
1979–80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 37 53 90 72 4 2 1 3 4
1980–81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 47 65 112 130 4 2 2 4 10
1981–82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 39 67 106 130 10 4 6 10 20
1982–83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 46 21 37 58 76
1983–84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 63 20 49 69 91
1984–85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 79 41 51 92 132 3 2 2 4 8
1985–86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 76 33 38 71 110
1986–87 Los Angeles Kings NHL 67 18 44 62 84 5 2 3 5 6
1987–88 Los Angeles Kings NHL 68 26 41 67 129 5 3 3 6 6
1988–89 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 26 37 63 80 11 1 5 6 19
1989–90 Los Angeles Kings NHL 58 15 26 41 96 6 4 4 8 2
1990–91 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 23 30 53 148 12 2 1 3 12
1991–92 Los Angeles Kings NHL 77 10 19 29 63 6 1 1 2 20
1992–93 Los Angeles Kings NHL 48 6 9 15 49 22 3 5 8 31
1993–94 Los Angeles Kings NHL 33 4 3 7 28
NHL totals 1111 431 638 1069 1589 92 26 33 59 145

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dave Taylor - Stats - NHL.com". NHL. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Dave Taylor Named Clarkson University Trustee". Clarkson University. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Triple Crown Line still resonates with Kings fans". NHL. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  4. ^ "Dave Taylor player profile". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-03-10. 
  5. ^ "Kings Retired Numbers". Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  6. ^ Dave Taylor Vice President of Hockey Operations http://blues.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=63247
  7. ^ The Stuttering Foundation - Dave Taylor http://www.stutteringhelp.org/famous-people/dave-taylor
  8. ^ Dave Taylor Vice President of Hockey Operations http://blues.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=63247

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Peter Brown
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year
1976–77
Succeeded by
Lance Nethery
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Terry Ruskowski
Los Angeles Kings captains
198589
Succeeded by
Wayne Gretzky
Preceded by
Gord Kluzak
Winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
1991
Succeeded by
Mark Fitzpatrick
Preceded by
Kevin Lowe
Winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy
1991
Succeeded by
Ray Bourque
Preceded by
Sam McMaster
General Manager of the Los Angeles Kings
1997-2006
Succeeded by
Dean Lombardi