THE CYCLONE TAYLOR STORY
Fred Taylor was born on June 23, 1884 in Tara, Ontario, Canada. Regarded as one of hockey’s first true superstars, he was a beautiful skater and a prolific goal scorer (or in proper hockey vocabulary, a “sniper”). Fred won several scoring championships and also helped two different teams to a Stanley Cup Championship in 1909 and 1915. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1947, at the age of 63.
Below are a few interesting facts about Fred Taylor:
- In 1907, he was given the nickname “Cyclone” by Canada’s Governor General simply based on his skating ability. Although they played in different eras, hockey historians have routinely compared Cyclone to the “Russian Rocket,” Pavel Bure.
- During his time, Cyclone was the highest paid Canadian athlete, and even made more money than the Prime Minister!
- When he played in Vancouver, a legend developed around Cyclone. He reportedly scored a backhand goal while skating backwards! But, Cyclone himself long disputed the legend (probably due to the humble guy he was).
- Cyclone helped lead the Vancouver Millionaires to their Stanley Cup victory in 1915. To this day, this is the only championship delivered to the city by a professional hockey team (hello, Canucks?!).
- In 1970, Cyclone dropped the puck in a ceremonial face off that preceded the Vancouver Canucks’ inaugural home game in the NHL. He was a fixture at home games throughout his later years, sitting in the crowd with his homburg hat.
- His legacy is kept in tact by a few of the following:
- A hockey arena in Vancouver is named after Cyclone (Kerrisdale “Cyclone Taylor” Arena)
- Another hockey arena in Tara, Ontario is named in his honour
- A street surrounding the Ottawa Senators home arena is named after Cyclone
- A Junior B hockey team in Listowel, Ontario is named in his honour