Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Billy Taylor
Billy "The Kid" Taylor played over 300 NHL games with four different clubs in the 30s and 40s. He was a fine playmaker and face off man who amassed nearly 200 career assists.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Taylor played junior with the Toronto British Consols and the Oshawa Generals. In 1938-39 he led the OHA with 22 goals in 14 games then led all scorers when they won the Memorial Cup. In 1939-40, Taylor split his first pro season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets. He then spent three years as a regular on the club and led all playoff skaters in assists when the team won the Stanley Cup in 1942.

In 1942-43 Taylor finished sixth in NHL scoring with 60 points in 50 games while playing on a line with Lorne Carr and Sweeney Schriner. After spending two years in miltary service, he scored 23 goals for the Leafs in 1945-46. In September, 1946, Taylor was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Harry Watson. He notched 63 points for the Motowners and set an NHL record with seven assists in one game versus the Chicago Black Hawks. He didn't last in Detroit and played for the Bruins and Rangers in 1947-48 before Clarence S. Campbell suspended him for gambling violations.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1935-36 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B 7 9 9 18 2 11 27 7 34 7
1936-37 Toronto British Consols TMHL 12 12 14 26 20 6 7 3 10 0
1937-38 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 12 19 7 26 27 7 8 9 17 10
1937-38 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 13 17 19 36 12
1938-39 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 14 22 31 53 37 7 7 7 14 8
1938-39 Oshawa Sr. Generals OHA-Sr. 1 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Oshawa Generals M-Cup 9 11 17 28 14
1939-40 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 4 6 10 9 2 1 0 1 0
1939-40 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 17 14 14 28 11 9 7 5 12 4
1940-41 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 9 26 35 15 7 0 3 3 5
1941-42 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 12 26 38 20 13 2 8 10 4
1942-43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 18 42 60 2 6 2 2 4 0
1943-44 Toronto Army Daggers OHA-Sr. 1 0 0 0 5
1944-45 Newmarket Army TNDHL 8 12 17 29 4 8 17 15 32 4
1944-45 Toronto Army Shamrocks TIHL 14 9 11 20 12 1 1 2 3 0
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 23 18 41 14
1946-47 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 17 46 63 35 5 1 5 6 4
1947-48 Boston Bruins NHL 39 4 16 20 25
1947-48 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 323 87 180 267 120 33 6 18 24 13


Traded to Detroit by Toronto for Harry Watson, September 21, 1946. Traded to Boston by Detroit for Bep Guidolin, October 15, 1947. Traded to NY Rangers by Boston with future considerations (Pentti Lund and Ray Manson, June, 1948) for Grant Warwick, February 6, 1948.
Suspended for life by NHL for gambling infractions, March 9, 1948.
Suspension lifted by NHL, August 25, 1970.