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August 30, 2015

Harry Taylor

Harry Taylor's NHL career lasted 66 games, but his hockey career was full of championship victories.

Harry Taylor was born in St. James in 1926. Nowadays it is just another neighborhood of the metropolis of Winnipeg. Back then the community lines were a little more distinct, which led for some great rivalries, particularly on the ice.

Taylor was a center who played several seasons of high school and junior hockey as the top player in St. James. He joined the Winnipeg Monarchs in 1944-45 for two seasons as serious Memorial Cup contenders. They would win Canada's junior championship in 1946 by defeating Toronto St. Michael’s Majors 4 games to 3 in a thrilling finale. Taylor would lead the way with 33 points in 17 games.

Taylor would sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs after the championship. He spent the majority of his first two pro seasons in the minor leagues, but he played the balance of the 1948-49 season with the Leafs. He only played sparingly, scoring four goals and eleven points in 42 games. He only got into one playoff game, but it was enough to get his name on the Stanley Cup as the Leafs defeated Detroit to win the championship.

Taylor returned to the AHL for the next two seasons, win the Calder Cup champions with the 1951 Cleveland Barons.

In 1951-52 Taylor joined the Chicago Black Hawks organization, playing fifteen games with the Hawks before rounding out his career with several more seasons in the minors and in senior hockey.

Taylor found employment with Trans Canada Pipe Lines until his retirement in 1984. He later relocated to the beautiful Vancouver Island town of Sidney, British Columbia, spending the last 20 years of his life there. He passed away in 2009, at the age of 83.

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