Taylor Hall

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Taylor Hall
Taylor Hall St Louis 2012.jpg
Hall in January 2012 while with the Edmonton Oilers
Born (1991-11-14) November 14, 1991 (age 26)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada[1]
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
Edmonton Oilers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 2010
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2010–present

Taylor Strba Hall[2] (born November 14, 1991) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who is currently an alternate captain for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was the first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft selected by the Edmonton Oilers. Hall won the 2018 Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s MVP.

Hall had a highly successful junior career, helping the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Windsor Spitfires to two consecutive Memorial Cup championships in 2009 and 2010. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Memorial Cup tournament both years.

As a first round draft pick for the Edmonton Oilers, Hall was named to the National Hockey League All-Star Game in 2011 and 2016. After a trade to the New Jersey Devils, Hall would become the first player in Devils history to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's MVP during the 2017–18 regular season.

Early life[edit]

Hall was born in Calgary, Alberta, the son of Steve Hall and Kim Strba. His father was a former Canadian Football League (CFL) player for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Rough Riders in the mid-1980s, after which he was a member of the Canadian national bobsleigh team.[3] His mother introduced him to organized hockey at the age of five while his father maintained a backyard rink every winter which Hall and his friends practised on relentlessly.[4] His family moved to Kingston, Ontario, in 2005,[4] where he attended high school at Frontenac Secondary School[5] and St. Anne Catholic High School.[6]

Playing career[edit]


Hall started playing minor hockey in Calgary, Alberta.[7] When he was 13, his family moved to Kingston, Ontario, where he continued to play.[8] Hall captured a Bantam AAA Calgary city championship with the North East Canucks during the 2004–05 season.[7] In 2005–06 and 2006–07 Hall played Bantam and Minor Midget hockey for the Greater Kingston Predators of the ODMHA league. Hall was named to the ODMHA Midget AAA All-Star team.[7] After the season, Hall was the second overall choice in the 2007 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection by the Windsor Spitfires.[7][9] Ryan O'Reilly was selected first overall ahead of Hall by the Erie Otters.[9]


Hall made his OHL debut in 2007–08, scoring a team-high 45 goals and adding 39 assists for 84 points,[10] which was third in team scoring.[7] In March, he was named OHL Player of the Week twice (March 3 and March 10).[7] He was named OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year after the season.[7]

Hall made his OHL debut with the Windsor Spitfires in 2007.

During the 2008–09 OHL season, Hall was selected to represent the OHL in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge.[7] He scored 38 goals and added 52 assists to finish with 90 points.[10] Windsor had a successful season on the ice, capturing the OHL Championship as well as the Memorial Cup. During the OHL playoffs, Hall scored 16 goals and added 20 assists[10] while being awarded the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as Playoff MVP.[7][11] He scored the game winning overtime goal in the fifth and deciding game of the OHL Finals against the Brampton Battalion to clinch the title.[12] At the 2009 Memorial Cup, Hall recorded eight points in six games, as the Spitfires defeated the Kelowna Rockets 4–1 in the final.[13] After the tournament, Hall was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as Tournament MVP and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team along with his teammate Ryan Ellis.[7][13]

Though the odds of him playing in Russia were remote, Hall was drafted 89th overall by the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)'s Ak Bars Kazan on June 1, 2009. He was one of three Canadian junior players (all from the OHL) taken in the 2009 KHL Draft, which begins selecting players a year younger than the NHL does.[14] Hall was an early favourite to be the top pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft since entering the junior ranks. He was praised early in his junior career on Hockey Night in Canada by commentator Don Cherry during his "Coach's Corner" segment.[15] He was also featured in a July 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated, profiling young athletes poised to star in their sports.[16]

Hall finished the 2009–10 OHL season tied for first place in the OHL with Tyler Seguin with 106 points (40 goals and 66 assists) to win the Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy alongside Seguin.[17][18] Hall was instrumental in the Spitfires' 2010 J. Ross Robertson Cup championship, recording a playoff-leading 35 points in 19 post-season games. His teammate, Adam Henrique, won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award, scoring 20 goals.

In May 2010, Hall helped lead the Spitfires to their second-straight Memorial Cup. With the victory, Hall was awarded his second straight Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as tournament MVP, the first player in its history to repeat as a winner, the Ed Chynoweth Trophy as Memorial Cup scoring leader, and a spot on the tournament All-Star team for the second straight year.

Hall was ranked as the top North American prospect by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau (CSB) in its 2009–10 midterm rankings.[19] In the CSB's final rankings, he was overtaken by Tyler Seguin as the top ranked North American prospect.[20] He has cited New York Islanders forward and 2009 NHL Entry Draft first overall pick John Tavares as a role model, both on and off the ice.[21]


Edmonton Oilers[edit]

Shortly after being selected first overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Hall signed his first professional contract. The contract pays Hall the entry level maximum of $900,000 with the possibility of an additional $2.85 million in performance bonuses.[22] This is the highest rookie contract in Oilers history.[23]

Hall with Steve Tambellini and James Duthie at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Hall was the selected first overall at the 2010 draft.

Hall was given permission to wear the jersey number 4, which had belonged to former Oilers' player Kevin Lowe, who was then serving as the Oilers' President of Hockey Operations and who had been the only Oiler to wear the number 4 in its NHL history, even though Lowe’s number 4 was not retired by the Oilers. [24][25]

Hall made his NHL debut on October 7, 2010, as the Oilers defeated arch-rivals, the Calgary Flames at Rexall Place. Hall's first NHL point, an assist, came in his second game, against the Florida Panthers on October 10, 2010; Shawn Horcoff redirected Hall's shot in front of the net. His first NHL goal came on October 28, 2010, against Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets and his former coach with the Windsor Spitfires, Bob Boughner.

Hall was named to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game as a rookie. A newly introduced format for the 2011 All-Star Game selected 12 rookies specifically to participate in the NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition.[26] Hall came in second place to Michael Grabner in the fastest skater SuperSkills Competition.[27]

Hall got his first NHL hat-trick and natural hat-trick against the Atlanta Thrashers on February 19, 2011. With the Oilers down two goals, Hall scored three consecutive power play goals in a span of 12:53, as the Oilers prevailed by a score of 5–3.[28][29]

On March 3, 2011, Hall recorded his first career Gordie Howe hat trick on a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hall scored a goal against Steve Mason, assisted on a goal by Jordan Eberle, and fought with Derek Dorsett, in an eventual 4–2 win. The fight with Dorsett, however, ended his rookie season early as Hall suffered a high ankle sprain at the end of the fight.[30] Hall finished his rookie season scoring 22 goals and 20 assists in 65 games.

On January 17, 2012, Hall was cut by teammate Corey Potter's skate before a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets during warmup, resulting in a deep cut to his face that required 30 stitches to close.[31][32]

It was announced that Hall would need major shoulder surgery and would need five-to-six months to recover, ending his successful sophomore year.[33] Despite missing 21 games, Hall was still tied for fifth for power play goals.

Hall warming-up with the Oilers prior to a game in the 2011–12 season. Hall signed a seven-year extension with the Edmonton Oilers following that season.

On August 21, 2012, Hall signed a seven-year extension with the Oilers worth $42 million, for an average of $6 million a year.[34]

On January 26, 2013, Hall recorded his 100th career point with two assists in a 4–3 loss against the Calgary Flames. On February 22, 2013, Hall was given a two-game suspension after a collision with the Minnesota Wilds's forward Cal Clutterbuck.[35] On March 30, 2013, Hall set a new franchise record by scoring a hat-trick just 7:53 into the game.[36] Hall finished the 2012–13 season within the top 10 in league scoring, finishing ninth, also recording a career-high of 34 assists, good enough for eighth in NHL points standings.

On October 17, 2013, Hall broke Wayne Gretzky's previous record of two goals in nine seconds by scoring two in eight. Gretzky congratulated him shortly after.[37] On December 5, 2013, Hall recorded his second career NHL hat-trick in a 9–2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks[38] after going nine games without a goal.

In 2016, Hall was named to his first NHL All-Star Game as a member of the Pacific division team.[39]

New Jersey Devils[edit]

On June 29, 2016, Hall was traded to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Adam Larsson.[40] He scored his first goal as a Devil on October 18, 2016 against the Anaheim Ducks. He later scored another goal in the same period to secure a 2–1 win.[41]

On November 16, 2016, Hall underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee. He was expected to miss three to four weeks, but skated on his own a week after surgery and with the team at practice on November 28, 2016.[42][43]

Hall was named to the Metropolitan division team as the lone representative of the New Jersey Devils at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.[44] Hall was again named to the NHL All-Star Game in the 2017–18 NHL season,[45] however, due to a hand injury he was replaced by Brian Boyle.[46]

On February 15, 2018, in a win over the Carolina Hurricanes, Hall set a Devils franchise record with a 16-game point streak.[47] His point streak came to an end at 26 games on March 8, 2018, in a 3-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.[48] Hall recorded 2 shots on goal but no goals or assists.[48] His 26-game point streak is the longest since Patrick Kane's 26-point streak in the 2015–16 season.[49] Hall finished the regular season as the Devils top scorer with a career best 93 points, including 39 goals, 54 assists, and leading the Devils to their first playoff appearance since 2012.[50] It was also the first time Hall ever played in the playoffs.[50] Hall again lead the Devils in the playoffs as the top scorer with 6 points, including 2 goals and 4 assists, but the team was eliminated in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning 1–4. On April 26, Hall was nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's most outstanding player.[51] The following day on April 27, Hall was also declared a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's MVP.[52] Hall would end up winning the Hart Memorial Trophy, becoming the first player in the Devils' history to win the trophy.[53]

International play[edit]

Hall with the Canadian men's national junior ice hockey team in 2009
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing  Canada
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2015 Czech Republic
Gold medal – first place 2016 Russia
IIHF World U20 Championship
Silver medal – second place 2010 Canada
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2008 Slovakia
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Russia
Representing  Ontario
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Gold medal – first place 2008 Canada

Hall represented Canada at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships in Kazan, Russia, as one of five 16-year-olds. He was fifth in tournament scoring, with nine points in seven games, helping Canada to a gold medal. He returned to Canada's under-18 team to earn a second gold medal at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia as an alternate captain to Matt Duchene.[54]

Hall made Canada's national junior team for the 2010 World Junior Championships in Saskatchewan. He was the lone draft-eligible player selected to the final roster.[55] Hall scored a hat-trick against Slovakia, in a game Canada ended up winning 8–2. After the championships, Hall finished tied for third overall in scoring with his Canadian teammate Alex Pietrangelo along with American Jerry D'Amigo. He ended up with six goals and six assists (12 points) in six games.

Hall was invited to Hockey Canada's summer evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Tournament, but declined to participate, choosing instead to focus on making the Oilers' roster for the upcoming season. According to Hockey Canada policy, Hall would have been ineligible to participate in the tournament even if he was available.[56]

At the 2015 World Championships, where Canada won the gold medal for the first time since 2007 with a perfect 10-0 record, Hall was named a member of the all-star team.[57]

Hall played at the 2016 World Championships, where Canada successfully defended their gold medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Kingston Predators Min. Midget OMHA 29 44 41 85 10
2007–08 Windsor Spitfires OHL 63 45 39 84 22 5 2 3 5 2
2008–09 Windsor Spitfires OHL 63 38 52 90 60 20 16 20 36 12
2009–10 Windsor Spitfires OHL 57 40 66 106 56 19 17 18 35 32
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 65 22 20 42 27
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 61 27 26 53 36
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 28 14 20 34 33
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 45 16 34 50 33
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 75 27 53 80 44
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 53 14 24 38 40
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 26 39 65 54
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 20 33 53 32
2017–18 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 39 54 93 34 5 2 4 6 6
NHL totals 529 191 283 474 300 5 2 4 6 6


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2008 Canada Ontario U17 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 4 4 8 4
2008 Canada WJC18 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 2 6 8 2
2008 Canada IH18 1st, gold medalist(s) 4 3 0 3 0
2010 Canada WJC 2nd, silver medalist(s) 6 6 6 12 0
2013 Canada WC 5th 8 2 1 3 0
2015 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 7 5 12 6
2016 Canada WC 1st, gold medalist(s) 10 6 3 9 2
Junior totals 23 16 21 37 10
Senior totals 28 15 9 24 8

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
OHL All-Rookie Team 2008 [58]
Emms Family Award 2008 [59]
CHL Rookie of the Year Award 2008 [60]
OHL First-Team All-Star 2009
Wayne Gretzky 99 Award 2009 [62]
Eddie Powers Memorial Trophy 2010 [63]
Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy 2009
Memorial Cup All-Star team 2009
Ed Chynoweth Trophy 2010 [64]
CHL Second-Team All-Star 2010 [65]
CCM/AHL Player of the Week (Ending Nov 25, 2012) 2012 [66]
NHL All-Star Game 2011, 2016, 2017, 2018 (Did not play)
Hart Memorial Trophy 2018 [67]
NHL First All-Star Team 2018


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Patrick Kane
Winner of the Emms Family Award
Succeeded by
Evgeny Grachev
Preceded by
Patrick Kane
CHL Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Brett Connolly
Preceded by
Connor McDavid
Hart Memorial Trophy winner
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Tavares
NHL first overall draft pick
Succeeded by
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Preceded by
Magnus Pääjärvi-Svensson
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins