Cyclone Taylor Sports is Canada’s most established hockey equipment retailer opening our doors in Vancouver over half a century ago, in 1957. Fred Taylor Jr. opened Cyclone Taylor Sports in honour of his famous father, hockey legend, Fred "Cyclone" Taylor.
Fred "Cyclone" Taylor was one of hockey’s first superstars. In 1908, Lord Grey, the Governor General of Canada was so impressed with Fred’s skating ability he likened him to a ‘cyclone’ - the name stuck for the remainder of Fred’s life. Cyclone Taylor played in four Stanley Cup Championships during his 18 years of professional hockey.
He won the Stanley Cup in 1909 with Ottawa, and again in 1915 with the Vancouver Millionaires. Throughout his career, he earned a reputation as one of the greatest hockey players of all time, a keen but fair competitor and an exemplary sportsman. He was also the highest paid professional athlete at that time.
He was inducted into Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947. Fred "Cyclone" Taylor passed away in 1979 at the age of 94.
Mark Taylor, grandson of Cyclone, also became a professional hockey player. After a successful four years at the University of North Dakota culminating with a National Championship in his last season, in 1980, Mark went on to play 12 years of professional hockey that included three years in the American hockey league, four years in the NHL and five years in Europe.
Mark's best year in the NHL was with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1983/1984 where he scored 24 goals and 31 assists in 59 games. Over his NHL career, Mark played with some greats, including Mario Lemieux, Darryl Sittler, Bobby Clarke, Mark Howe, Mike Gartner and Randy Carlyle. Some big names!
The Taylor legacy has continued into the next generation as well. Great Grandson Justin Taylor played four years of junior hockey in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) and now works in the Cyclone Taylor Sports Head Office, while sister Kelsey Taylor played for the Surrey Female Hockey Association.
Great Granddaughter Megan Taylor plays varsity hockey for the University of Western Ontario Mustangs (CIS), while younger sister Mya Taylor played AAA hockey with the Surrey Female Hockey Association - she is now pursuing a degree at the University of Calgary.
Great Grandson Trevor Cox played five years in the Western Hockey League with the Medicine Hats Tigers and Vancouver Giants, while his twin brother Matthew Cox played Tier 2 junior hockey, winning the RBC Cup in 2014 with the Yorkton Terries. Younger sister Catherine Cox figure skates competitively for the White Rock South Surrey Skating Club.
In addition, Great Granddaughter Tarrah Harvey won silver at the Canadian Junior Figure Skating Championships in 2009, joined the Junior World Team in 2009 and was a member of the Canadian Senior National Figure Skating Team before retiring from competition in 2012. Tarrah is now a figure skating coach and broadcaster for Skate Canada BC.
The Great Grandchildren of Cyclone Taylor are proud to carry on the family tradition of sports excellence!
Cyclone Taylor Sports is still owned and operated by the Taylor family today. Brothers Rick and Mark Taylor have expanded the business to include four stores located throughout the Lower Mainland, as well as a large eCommerce website (we ship hockey and lacrosse equipment to all corners of the globe).
Knowledgeable staff and exceptional customer service, combined with a huge selection of products offered at the guaranteed lowest prices, have allowed Cyclone Taylor Sports to become one of the largest and most respected hockey retailers in Western Canada. Opening our doors in 1957, we currently have over 60 years of hockey excellence! If you would like to contact us:
- Visit us in-store
- Call our toll-free line (1-800-665-2188)
- Email us
- Check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
At Cyclone Taylor Sports we are all about hockey and lacrosse; past and present. Shop at Cyclone Taylor’s and be a part of the history!