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Fred "Cyclone" Taylor

Born in the village of Tara, Ontario, Fred Taylor grew up in Listowel, where he first took up hockey.

When Taylor was young, he would skate to school every day during the five month long winter. He became a natural born skater.

Taylor exhibited promise for the first time while playing for Listowel juniors from 1903 to 1905 before leaving the province to broaden his horizons.

He played with the Ottawa Senators from 1907 to 1909, leading the team to win the Stanley Cup in 1909. In Ottawa, Taylor made a name for himself as an explosive rushing defenseman, scoring 9 goals in 10 games. The nickname "Cyclone" was first given to Taylor by local reporters after a cartoonist with the Ottawa Journal depicted one of his cyclonic rushes in vivid detail.

"Cyclone" Taylor went West in 1912 to play with the Vancouver Millionaires, where the team won the Stanley Cup in 1915. Taylor stayed with the team until his retirement in 1921.

In 1945, "Cyclone" Taylor was elected as a charter member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He was also given the honour of turning the sod for the construction of the Hockey Hall of Fame building that opened in 1961. In 1966, Taylor was inducted into the Canada's Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Cyclone Taylor Award is the award given each year to the Most Valuable Player on the Vancouver Canucks team. The award was dedicated to Taylor prior to the 1979-80 Canuck season, the season after his death on June 9, 1979.

The Jr. B. Cyclones hockey team in Listowel is named after Fred "Cyclone" Taylor.

 

- with contribution from Legends of Hockey, Hockey Hall of Fame