Chris Taylor has been an off and on member of the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) since the 1999-00 season. 2010-11 could see him make some significant moves on a few of the team’s all-time stats lists.
Taylor played in the Ontario Hockey League for four seasons from 1988-89 to 1991-92, all with the London Knights. Chris contributed 378 points in 259 regular season games plus 43 points in 34 playoff games for the Knights. In his final three seasons, he was over 100 points per season and averaged 1.8 points per game.
Taylor was in the top 10 scorers in the Ontario Hockey League for each of those final three seasons. In 1989-90, Chris was tied for 7th in the league with 105 points. In 1990-91, his 128 points were second only to Eric Lindros of the Oshawa Generals. In his senior season, he came in 6th with 122 points.
Chris was drafted by the New York Islanders in the second round of the 1990 NHL draft. he would go on to play 149 NHL games with the Islanders, Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres.
Taylor took three years away from the North American game and played for the Frankfurt Lions of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) between 2006-07 and 2008-09. This past season, he returned right back to the Amerks and contributed 61 points in 80 games while turning 38 years old in March.
Chris Taylor currently sits in 8th on the Amerk’s all-time points list. He needs a 68 point campaign to move into sole possession of 5th place. In total regular season games played, he sits in 13th spot but only needs to play 33 games to move into 10th. In doing so, he would pass the infamous Don Cherry and OHL scoring great, Norm Milley. With only 30 assists this upcoming season, Taylor would move from 5th to 3rd on the all-time list.
At 38, Chris is definitely one of the most experienced OHL grads still active in the world of professional hockey. Recently, we’ve profiled some other Ontario Hockey League alumni that are built for the long haul: