Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Tim Taylor
An offensive star in junior and the minors, Tim Taylor made a career for himself in the NHL by forechecking and playing excellent defence. He began his ninth NHL season in 2001-02 as a leader of the young Tampa Bay Lightning.

Born in Stratford, Ontario, Taylor played junior with the London Knights. He was chosen 36th overall by the Washington Capitals in 1988 and returned to junior for one last season. During his first five pro seasons he was a scoring star in the AHL and signed as a free agent with the Detroit Red Wings. In 1993-94, he led the league with 117 points while skating for the Adirondack Red Wings and was named to the first all-star team.

Beginning in 1994-95, Taylor was a solid defensive player for the Red Wings and helped the team win its first Stanley Cup in 42 years, in 1997. Prior to the 1997-98 season, he signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins and recorded his first 20-goal season. The next year his playing time was reduced by injuries. Taylor signed with the New York Rangers in 1999 and was a defensive role player for two years. In January 2001 he was knocked out for most of the season after suffering an abdominal injury and subsequently signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning prior to the 2001-02 season.

Upon his arrival with the Lightning, Taylor continued to provide strong leadership and a solid defensive game while helping Tampa Bay capture its first Stanley Cup title in 2004 and the second of his career.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Stratford Hawks Minor-ON
1985-86 Stratford Cullitons ON-Jr.B 1 0 0 0 0
1986-87 Stratford Cullitons ON-Jr.B 31 25 26 51 51
1986-87 London Knights OHL 34 7 9 16 11
1987-88 London Knights OHL 64 46 50 96 66 12 9 9 18 26
1988-89 London Knights OHL 61 34 80 114 93 21 21 25 46 58
1989-90 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 79 31 36 67 124 9 2 2 4 13
1990-91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 79 25 42 67 75 5 0 1 1 4
1991-92 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 65 9 18 27 131
1992-93 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 41 15 16 31 49
1992-93 Hamilton Canucks AHL 36 15 22 37 37
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 1 0 1 0 -1
1993-94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 79 36 81 117 86 12 2 10 12 12
1994-95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 22 0 4 4 16 +3 6 0 1 1 12
1995-96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 11 14 25 39 +11 18 0 4 4 4
1996-97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 44 3 4 7 52 -6 2 0 0 0 0
1997-98 Boston Bruins NHL 79 20 11 31 57 -16 6 0 0 0 10
1998-99 Boston Bruins NHL 49 4 7 11 55 -10 12 0 3 3 8
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 76 9 11 20 72 -4
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 38 2 5 7 16 -6
2001-02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 48 4 4 8 25 -2
2002-03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 4 8 12 38 -13 11 0 1 1 6
2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 7 15 22 25 -5 23 2 3 5 31
2004-05
2005-06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 7 6 13 22 -12 5 0 0 0 2
2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 71 1 5 6 16 -5 6 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 746 73 94 167 433 89 2 12 14 73


Brother of Chris
AHL First All-Star Team (1994)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer - AHL) (1994)
Traded to Vancouver by Washington for Eric Murano, January 29, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 28, 1993. Claimed by Boston from Detroit in Waiver Draft, September 28, 1997. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 30, 1999.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to abdominal injury vs. Phoenix, January 4, 2001. Traded to Tampa Bay by NY Rangers for Kyle Freadrich and Nils Ekman, June 30, 2001.