The Stars added another quality piece to their hockey staff on Tuesday, naming former Kings general manager and NHL great Dave Taylor as the team’s new director of player personnel.
Taylor, 51, most recently served as director of amateur development for the Los Angeles Kings in 2006-07 after completing nine seasons from 1997 – 2006 as the club’s general manager. Compiling a record of 290-261-105, he is the winningest GM in Kings history. In his final year as general manager in 2005-06, the Kings equaled a franchise record in home wins (26). His teams earned 90-plus points for three-straight seasons from 1999-2002 for the first time in franchise history and the average attendance at Kings home games improved from 12,297 to 17,821 during his tenure. Following the 2000-01 campaign, Taylor was named by the Hockey News as the NHL Executive of the Year. In the 2001 playoffs, the Kings overcame an early 2-0 series deficit and ousted the heavily favored Detroit Red Wings in six games before eventually being eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Colorado Avalanche in seven games.
“I’m both proud and excited to be joining such a successful organization in the Dallas Stars. I’m looking forward to joining their group and helping them win their next championship,” said Taylor. “I have tremendous respect for Doug Armstrong and I feel like I will have a voice in the direction of the organization. I am excited to work closely with him and his whole staff.”
Taylor will be working closely with Stars GM Doug Armstrong and the scouting staff, spending time in both Dallas and Des Moines with the Iowa Stars.
In addition to his player-personnel moves at the NHL level, Taylor put into place a top-notch professional and amateur scouting staff with the Kings. At the 2002 NHL Draft, the Sporting News and Red Line Report both ranked the Kings draft as the best among the 30 NHL teams. Under Taylor’s leadership, the Kings succeeded at the draft table tabbing Anze Kopitar, Olli Jokinen, Alexander Frolov, Michael Cammalleri, Dustin Brown and Lubomir Visnovksy.
On the ice, Taylor was a member of the renowned “Triple Crown Line” with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer. The Kings’ all-time games played leader appeared in 1,111 contests, tallying 431 goals and 638 assists for 1,069 points. A five-time NHL All-Star, he also served as the Kings captain for four seasons from 1985-89, and after posting career-highs in goals (47) and points (112) during the 1980-81 season, he earned a spot on the NHL All-Star second team. On April 3, 1995, Taylor’s jersey No. 18 was retired by Los Angeles.
Taylor is very familiar with the Stars organization. One of his ties with the team is Head Caoch Dave Tippett, who was an assistant coach for Los Angeles when Taylor was the general manager.
“Dave (Tippett) is a quality person and an excellent coach. He worked with our coaching staff under Andy Murray and was in charge of the offensive side of the game and did a great job for us. We weren’t surprised when Doug Armstrong called us and wanted permission to speak to Dave about the head coach position with the Stars. He has been very successful in Dallas and I am looking forward to working again with Tip.”
Taylor has spent his entire 30-year hockey career with the Los Angeles Kings – 17 years as a player and 13 in the front office.
“From that perspective it’s different to be speaking about another organization, but I am very excited and am coming back to my roots a little since I played for the Fort Worth Texans while I was a senior in college. That was in the old Central League. My first taste of professional hockey actually came in Texas.”
Taylor has earned success at every level of hockey during his career and looks to add to that with the Dallas Stars.
“I’m very excited and very grateful for this opportunity,” Taylor said. “The Stars have been very consistent and successful as an organization and I couldn’t be happier with my new position here. I am looking forward to joining the people within the organization and working with them to help in bringing the city our next championship.”