Devils Name Chris Taylor as Assistant Coach
The New Jersey Devils today named Chris Taylor as an assistant coach. He will join Assistant Coaches Alain Nasreddine, Mark Recchi and recently hired goaltending coach Dave Rogalski in completing Lindy Ruff's staff. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.
Taylor, 48, started his professional coaching career with the Rochester Americans (AHL) as an assistant from 2012-16. After the 2016-17 season as an assistant with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he returned to Rochester to serve as the club's head coach. Taylor reached the playoffs in his first two seasons and was on pace in his third with the Americans, finishing with a career record of 116-65-33 in 214 games. He served as head coach of the North Division All-Star team for the American Hockey League All-Star Classic this past January. Taylor also served as an interim assistant coach with Buffalo for two months last season.
Born March 6, 1972, in Stratford, Ont., he began his professional career as a Development Coach for Rochester in 2011-12 before moving to a coaching position the next season. As a head and assistant coach, Rochester posted a 239-204-57 record for 571 points in 518 games. In his lone season with Wilkes-Barre as an assistant, the Penguins recorded a 43-27-6 record for 92 points, going to the Conference Semi-Finals in the Calder Cup.