Best known as the backup to Bernie Parent and, later, a longtime Flyers broadcast analyst alongside legendary play-by-play man Gene Hart, Bobby "Chief" Taylor was born in Calgary on Jan. 24, 1945.
Signed by the Flyers in 1968 after impressing at the minor league level on a tryout contract, Taylor went on to appear in 44 games -- all in the regular season -- over all or parts of five seasons spent in the organization. In 1972-73, he appeared in 23 games and received a series of consecutive starts in October and January.
When the Flyers reacquired Bernie Parent before the 1973-74 season, Taylor rarely got to play again. He appeared in eight games -- seven starts and one third period appearance in 12-2 home win over Detroit (one goal against on 12 shots) -- during the Flyers' first Cup-winning season.
Most notably, "Chief" started and lost a nationally televised game (5-3) against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 27, 1974. It was just Taylor's fourth start of the season. With a straight face, Hall of Fame inducted Flyers head coach Fred Shero explained to the media that he started Taylor because "it was his turn."
In reality, it was the Flyers' fifth game in seven days - including three road games in Vancouver, Los Angeles and Oakland - and Parent simply needed a day of rest despite the formidable opponent. Taylor did the best he could against Boston, stopping 35 of 40 shots.
The next season, the Flyers acquired Wayne Stephenson to back up Parent. Taylor remained on the roster for a time, but became the team's third-string goaltender. In order to get a little more work, the Flyers sent Taylor to the AHL's Richmond Robins.
Taylor appeared in three NHL games -- one start in October, a start in an 8-2 road loss to Pittsburgh on March 8, 1975, and a relief appearance for a shaken-up Parent in the third period of a 1-1 in Toronto on March 4.
"Chief" opened the 1975-76 season in the same third-string role for the Flyers. After Parent suffered a pinched nerve in his neck, Stephenson was pressed into regular starting duties. Taylor was temporarily elevated to backup status and appeared in four games in January 1976, winning three.
On Jan. 27, 1976, Taylor was in net to absorb 33 shots and eight goals against in an 8-4 road loss to the Atlanta Flames. It was his final game as a Flyer. On March 9, the Flyers traded veteran defenseman Ed Van Impe (an original member of the team and the former team captain) along with Taylor to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for backup goaltender Gary Inness. Numerous draft picks also changed hands in the deal; most notably the 1977 eighth-round pick the Flyers used on the selection of goaltender Pete Peeters.
Taylor appeared in two NHL games for the Penguins late in the 1975-76 season. After retirement, he served as a Flyers' color analyst on television and/or radio from 1977-78 to 1992-93. Taylor then joined the Tampa Bay Lightning broadcast team in the same capacity. He retired from arena broadcast booths after the 2014-15 season and became a studio analyst on Lightning broadcasts.