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Harvard Mourns The Loss Of Former Men’s Hockey Captain Tim Taylor ’63

Tim Taylor, Former Yale and Olympic Hockey Coach, Dies at 71 - New Haven Register

Tim Taylor, Longtime Yale and U.S. Coach Passes Away at 71 - USCHO.com


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The Harvard men’s hockey team and the rest of the Harvard athletics community mourns the passing of Tim Taylor ’63. Taylor, who had endured a trying battle with cancer, was 71 years old.

Taylor donned the ‘C’ on his jersey his senior year as the 64th captain of Harvard men’s ice hockey. In 68 career games with the Crimson, he posted 79 points on 46 goals and 33 assists. As a senior, he led Harvard to an impressive 21-3-2 record and the 1963 Ivy League title. Taylor stayed on with the Crimson following his playing days as an assistant coach with the program.

Following his career with the Crimson, Taylor put together a storied coaching tenure. He served as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team for four straight years at the World Championships (1989-92) and was at the helm of the men’s team at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway. He also served as the assistant general manager and assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic team in 1984 in Sarajevo.

Taylor is most well-known for his 28 years as coach with Yale, where he compiled a 342-433-55 overall record from 1976-2006. He helped the Bulldogs to the 1998 ECAC regular-season title, and saw the squad earn its first berth in the NCAA tournament in over 40 years. He received the 1998 Spencer Penrose Award as the Division I men’s coach of the year, and in 2006, he received USA Hockey’s Distinguished Achievement Award.

Recently, he served as the director of player personnel for the gold-medal winning U.S. junior team at the 2013 World Junior Championship.