36 Facts About Taylor Hall


Taylor Hall was the first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft selected by the Edmonton Oilers.

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Taylor Hall has previously played for the Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres.

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Taylor Hall won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player of the Memorial Cup tournament both years.

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Taylor Hall has been named to the NHL All-Star Game on five occasions.

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Taylor Hall was born in Calgary, the only child of Steve Taylor Hall and Kim Strba.

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Taylor Hall's father was a former Canadian Football League player for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Rough Riders in the mid-1980s, after which he was a member of the Canadian national bobsleigh team.

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Taylor Hall's mother introduced him to organized hockey at age five while his father maintained a backyard rink every winter which Hall and his friends practiced on relentlessly.

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Taylor Hall's family moved to Kingston, Ontario, in 2005, where he attended high school at Frontenac Secondary School and St Anne Catholic High School.

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Taylor Hall was named OHL and CHL Rookie of the Year after the season.

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Taylor Hall scored 38 goals and added 52 assists to finish with 90 points.

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Taylor Hall scored the game-winning overtime goal in the fifth and deciding game of the OHL Finals against the Brampton Battalion to clinch the title.

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Taylor Hall was one of three Canadian junior players taken in the 2009 KHL Draft, which begins selecting players one year younger than the NHL does.

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Taylor Hall was an early favourite to be the top pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft since entering the junior ranks.

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Taylor Hall was praised early in his junior career on Hockey Night in Canada by commentator Don Cherry during his "Coach's Corner" segment.

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Taylor Hall was featured in a July 2008 issue of Sports Illustrated, profiling young athletes poised to star in their sports.

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In May 2010, Taylor Hall helped lead the Spitfires to their second-straight Memorial Cup.

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Taylor Hall has cited Toronto Maple Leafs forward and 2009 NHL Entry Draft first overall pick John Tavares as a role model, both on and off the ice.

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Taylor Hall was given permission to wear the jersey number 4, which had belonged to former Oilers' player Kevin Lowe, who was then serving as the Oilers' president of hockey operations and who had been the only Oiler to wear the number 4 in its NHL history, despite the fact that Lowe's number 4 was not retired by the Oilers.

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Taylor Hall was named to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game as a rookie; a newly-introduced format for the 2011 All-Star Game selected 12 rookies specifically to participate in the NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition.

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Taylor Hall came in second place to Michael Grabner in the fastest skater SuperSkills Competition.

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Taylor Hall finished his rookie season scoring 22 goals and 20 assists in 65 games.

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In 2016, Taylor Hall was named to his first NHL All-Star Game as a member of the Pacific Division team.

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Taylor Hall chose to wear number 9 with the Devils as his usual number 4 had been retired by the team in honor of Scott Stevens.

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Taylor Hall was named to the Metropolitan Division team as the lone representative of the Devils at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.

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Taylor Hall finished the regular season as the Devils' top scorer with a career-high 93 points as he led the Devils to their first Stanley Cup playoff appearance since 2012.

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Taylor Hall again led the Devils in the playoffs as their top scorer with six points as the team was eliminated in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning, four games to one.

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Taylor Hall won the latter, becoming the first player in Devils history to win the trophy.

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Taylor Hall chose to wear number 71 with the Bruins as his usual number 4 had been retired by the team in honor of Bobby Orr.

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Taylor Hall represented Canada at the 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships in Kazan, Russia, as one of five 16-year-olds.

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Taylor Hall was fifth in tournament scoring, with nine points in seven games, helping Canada to a gold medal.

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Taylor Hall returned to Canada's under-18 team to earn a second gold medal at the 2008 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in Slovakia as an alternate captain to captain Matt Duchene.

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Taylor Hall made Canada's national junior team roster for the 2010 World Junior Championships in Saskatchewan.

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Taylor Hall was the lone 2010 NHL Entry Draft-eligible player selected to the final roster.

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Taylor Hall finished the tournament tied for third overall in scoring with teammate Alex Pietrangelo and the United States' Jerry D'Amigo; Taylor Hall finished with six goals and six assists in six games.

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Taylor Hall was invited to Hockey Canada's summer evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Tournament, but declined to participate, choosing instead to focus on making the Edmonton Oilers' roster for the upcoming NHL season.

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Taylor Hall played at the 2016 World Championships, where Canada successfully defended their gold medal.

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