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Kalamazoo Wings welcome back record-breaker Justin Taylor

Published: 34 days ago

 

 

KALAMAZOO, MI— The Kalamazoo Wings have re-signed centerman Justin Taylor for the 2017-18 season, the team announced Wednesday.

Taylor, 28, appeared in 70 games last season and combined 32 goals with 29 assists for a career-high 61 points during the 2016-17 campaign with the Wings. Taylor’s goals, assists, and points total all set new career highs, and his 61 total points led all Kalamazoo skaters on the season.

He enters his seventh year with the Kalamazoo Wings in 2017-18 and his eighth professional season overall. Since his debut in 2010, Taylor has logged 444 career ECHL games while tallying 300 points on 147 goals and 153 assists.

The native of Mindemoya, Ontario is the Kalamazoo Wings’ ECHL all-time leader in goals (137) and points (281) in a career. He ranks 2nd all-time in the team’s ECHL history in games played with 396, and needs to appear in 12 games to pass Sam Ftorek for the all-time franchise mark.

The center has qualified for the postseason in each of his first seven professional seasons and has scored 21 goals and dished out 20 assists in 72 career playoff games. Taylor has appeared in three conference finals (2011- Kalamazoo, 2012-Kalamazoo, 2013-Idaho) and one Kelly Cup Finals (2011-Kalamazoo).

Before turning pro in 2010, Taylor skated in 231 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League and amassed 202 points (102 goals, 100 assists).

Taylor was a sixth round (180 overall) draft pick of the Washington Capitals in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He appeared in 15 games in the American Hockey League in 2010-11 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

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