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08-29-2013, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Canadiens1958 View Post
"Turning Back Hockey's Pages" profile of Fred "Cyclone" Taylor. D.A.L. MacDonald's commentary is rather limited eastern experiences, brief western overview and observations by the Patricks. Comparable to Howie Morenz is noteworthy.
Ya, the very mention of the mans name out here amongst the older generations, most now gone would engender looks of awe & wonder on their faces decades after he'd retired. The guy was a Superstar, Legend. Defence, Rover, Centre. Prolly Goaltender as well if he'd any inclination. Like Pavel Bure' but considerably more rugged. Guy actually improved with age and didnt even join Vancouver until he was like 29 or 30, winning consecutive scoring titles at 35.

Im not sure of the exact details but after retiring he contributed to the War efforts, WW2, receiving an O.B.E. from King George the VI. Also honored in turning the sod for the HHOF in 1960 on the C.N.E. grounds in Toronto. Dropped the puck at the Canucks inaugural game in 1970 and was a fixture at games thereafter. Theres a Jr.B team in Listowel Ontario named after him along with an arena in Tara, another here in Vancouver, the street surrounding Canadian Tire Place in Ottawa, home of the Senators also named after him. His son Fred Jr. opened a sporting goods store in Vancouver called Cyclone Taylors in 1957 that 3 generations later is still going strong.

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