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Versatile center and winger Mark Taylor was born January 25, 1958 in Vancouver. His grandfather, the late Fred "Cyclone" Taylor, is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

A product of the Langley Lords of the BCHL (junior A) circuit, Taylor was drafted by the Flyers in the sixth round (100th overall) of the 1978 NHL Draft while attending the University of North Dakota.

Taylor turned pro after his college graduation, spending two seasons as a standout for the AHL's Maine Mariners. He dressed in two games for the Flyers during the 1981-82 season, making his NHL debut in a 3-1 home win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 20, 1981. Taylor was also in the lineup for the next game, a 7-6 road win in Chicago, before being re-assigned to the AHL.

In 1982-83, Taylor became a semi-regular for Bob McCammon's Flyers. He dressed in 61 regular season games, mostly in a third-line role. Taylor posted eight goals, 33 points and a plus-25 rating at even strength. He also appeared in three playoff games.

Taylor opened the 1983-84 season with the Flyers but dressed in just one game. On Oct. 23, 1983, he was part of the multi-player, multi-draft pick trade between the Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins that sent Rich Sutter to the Flyers. Taylor dressed in 59 games for the Penguins, that season, tallying 24 goals and 55 points. He subsequently played for the Washington Capitals.