Born: Dec. 4, 1955
No player in Kings history ever wore the uniform with more distinction, pride and class than Dave Taylor. For 17 seasons, Taylor gave his all, both on and off the ice, receiving numerous awards and All-Star status for his outstanding play.
After retiring as a player, Taylor worked for the Kings in the front office, where he eventually spent nine seasons as the Kings General Manager. In his role as GM, Taylor helped shape a Kings roster - a roster that collected more than 90 points each season from 1999-02, the first time that feat had been accomplished in the history of the franchise - and by securing playoff berths in four of Taylor’s first five seasons. In 2000-01, Taylor was named by The Hockey News as the NHL Executive of the Year. Taylor in 2005-06 served as President, Hockey Operations/General Manager.
Taylor began with the Kings when the club originally selected him in the 15th round (210th overall) of the 1975 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut in 1977 and a few years later he became a member of the renowned “Triple Crown Line” with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer.
Taylor, a five-time NHL All-Star who served as the Kings captain for four seasons (1985-89), played in a Kings-record 1,111 games and recorded 1,069 points (431-638=1,069) and 1,589 penalty minutes. His 431 goals rank third on the franchise’s all-time list and first among right wings. He also ranks third on the team’s all-time list with his 638 assists, 1,069 points and his 123 power play goals, while his 1,589 penalty minutes rank second.
A native of Levack, Ontario, and a product of Clarkson University, Taylor also played in 92 career playoff games and recorded 59 points (26-33=59) and 149 penalty minutes, while his career highlight was reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in 1993. Individually, he was honored with the Masterton and King Clancy Trophy in 1991 and he was an All-NHL Second Team selection in 1980-81. In addition, he was honored with the following team awards: Most Valuable Player, Most Popular Player, Most Inspirational Player (six times), Unsung Hero (two times) and Community Service (four times).
On April 3, 1995, Taylor’s No. 18 jersey was retired, becoming the third King to have his sweater retired after Rogie Vachon (No. 30) and Marcel Dionne (No. 16). Taylor was inducted as one of the six original members of the Kings Hall of Fame in 1997.
At the conclusion of his last season as a player, the 1993-94 campaign, Taylor joined the Kings as a front office executive. He first worked as the club’s Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Development for three seasons before being promoted to Vice President/General Manager on April 22, 1997.
After being relieved of GM duties in April, 2006, Taylor was named the Kings Director of Amateur Development for one season, a post he held until he joined the Dallas Stars as Director of Player Personnel in July of 2007.
Dave's wife, Beth has played a prominent role in Kings charity efforts throughout the years, particularly with “Tip-A-King,” and in numerous events related to the Kings Care Foundation.