|Born||April 28, 1986,|
York, England, United Kingdom
|6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
177 lb (80 kg; 12 st 9 lb)
Los Angeles Kings
HC Dinamo Minsk
HC Sparta Praha
|NHL Draft||221st overall, 2004|
Los Angeles Kings
Daniel Taylor (born April 28, 1986) is an English-born Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). He was drafted in the seventh round (221st overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings and has appeared in four NHL games with the Kings, Calgary Flames, and Ottawa Senators.
Playing career[edit | edit source]
Taylor spent three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League playing for the Guelph Storm and Kingston Frontenacs before moving onto professional hockey. Taylor spent the majority of the 2007–08 season with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. He played in 23 games, posting a 13–5–2 record. He also had a 2.40 GAA, 0.921 save percentage and recorded four shut-outs. He earned a recall to the Kings, and made his NHL debut on March 29, 2008, in relief of starting goaltender Erik Ersberg. Taylor played the third period, giving up two goals in what was a 7–2 loss to the Dallas Stars. Taylor returned to the Monarchs for the 2008–09 season and played 15 games, recording a 7–4–2 record. That year he had a 2.66 GAA and a 0.909 save percentage.
For the 2009–10 season Taylor was signed to a professional try-out agreement by the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. He played in nine games that year for the Crunch, posting a 2–4–0 record before he was released from the agreement. He also had a 3.63 GAA and 0.896 save percentage.
The next year, Taylor signed with the Springfield Falcons. Taylor stayed with the team for the 2010–11 season and played in four games, having a 2–2–0 record. He had a 2.35 GAA and a 0.929 save percentage. He played the remainder of the season in Germany with the Hamburg Freezers. Taylor returned to the Falcons for the 2011–12 season. In ten games with Springfield he posted a 5–3–0 record with a 2.58 GAA and a .914 save percentage, but there was a crowded crease in Springfield with Taylor, Manny Legace, and Allen York, and Taylor was bounced out. But it did not take long for him to get signed as he was picked up by the Abbotsford Heat of the AHL.
On August 10, 2012, Taylor was extended by the Heat to a one-year contract for the 2012–13 season. He was among the AHL's goaltending leaders midway through the season with a second-best GAA of 1.77 and was fourth in save percentage at .930 when an injury to Calgary Flames' goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff led the Flames to sign Taylor to an NHL contract on February 6 and recall him to Calgary. He spent several days with the Flames, but was returned to Abbotsford without seeing action. However, he was again recalled to Calgary on February 16, replacing Leland Irving as the backup goaltender to Joey MacDonald.
Five years after his first NHL game, Taylor finally made his second appearance (and first NHL start) on February 18, 2013, against the Phoenix Coyotes. He made 37 saves, but the Flames lost the game 4–0. In his second start, on March 3, Taylor earned his first NHL victory with a 4–2 win over the Vancouver Canucks.
A free agent following the season, Taylor chose to go to Sweden. He signed a contract to play with Färjestad BK in the SHL for the 2013–14 season and helped the team reach the finals. He then spent the 2014-15 season with HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), before joining fellow KHL side Medvescak Zagreb. In the course of the 2015–16 campaign, he was transferred to Czech outfit HC Sparta Praha.
On July 1, 2017, Taylor returned to Canada as a free agent, in agreeing to a one-year, two-way contract with the Ottawa Senators. Taylor spent most of the season with Ottawa's American Hockey League affiliate in Belleville, but was called up three games before the end of the season and played in the final game of the season against the Boston Bruins.
On April 27, 2018, Taylor returned to Russia and signed with HC Sibir Novosibirsk of the KHL for whom he played before coming to the NHL.
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|2007–08||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||1||0||0||0||20||2||0||6.00||.800||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||KHL Medveščak Zagreb||KHL||38||16||14||3||2079||79||3||2.28||.924||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||HC Sparta Praha||ELH||7||6||1||0||374||16||0||2.57||.904||3||1||2||135||10||0||4.44||.833|
|2016–17||KHL Medveščak Zagreb||KHL||17||7||5||3||968||36||1||2.23||.930||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
References[edit | edit source]
- Goaltender matures as Heat into playoffs. March 4, 2012. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. Retrieved on March 16, 2012.
- Sportak, Randy. "Taylor-made No. 2", Calgary Sun, February 7, 2013, p. S2.
- Falcons sign Tarnasky to PTO. oursportscentral.com (November 10, 2010). Retrieved on February 3, 2011.
- Taylor moves to the Heat. oursportscentral.com (December 2, 2011). Retrieved on December 2, 2011.
- Heat sign Goaltender Danny Taylor. Abbotsford Heat (August 10, 2012). Retrieved on August 10, 2012.[dead link]
- Gilbertson, Wes. "Calgary Flames sign Abbotsford Heat goalie Danny Taylor to two way deal after Miikka Kiprusoff injury", Calgary Sun, February 6, 2013. Retrieved on March 5, 2013.
- "Flames recall goalie Taylor, demote Irving", Abbotsford News, February 16, 2012. Retrieved on March 5, 2013.
- Cruickshank, Scott. "'We're all pushing for him:' Danny Taylor gets his first start in goal for Flames", Calgary Herald, February 18, 2013. Retrieved on March 5, 2013. Archived from the original on February 25, 2013.
- "Mike Smith stops 29 for 3rd shutout of year as Coyotes snuff Flames", ESPN, February 18, 2013. Retrieved on March 5, 2013.
- Johnson, George. "Rookie goalie took the long way", Calgary Herald, March 4, 2013, p. C1.
- Gilbertson, Wes. "Flames goaltender Taylor bolts for Sweden", Calgary Sun, May 23, 2013, p. S3.
- Returnees: Taylor and Genoway return to Medvescak.
- "Сибирь" укрепила вратарскую бригаду.
- Ottawa Senators sign Danny Taylor to one-year, two-way contract. Sportsnet.ca (2017-07-01). Retrieved on 2017-07-01.
- В "Сибирь" вернулся Дэнни Тэйлор (ru-RU) (April 27, 2018). Retrieved on April 29, 2018.