For Taylor Hall, hockey is about family.
Growing up in Calgary as the son of a football-player-turned-bobsledder, there was no doubt that being an elite athlete was in Taylor's DNA, but his dad Steve had never played hockey. It was his mom, Kim, who put him on skates and got him started.
Once his dad realized hockey was his passion and that he had a natural talent for it, he gave Taylor everything he could to become the best player he could be, including a backyard rink.
When he showed early promise and leadership potential the family moved to Kingston, Ontario and the OHL.
Taylor joined the Windsor Spitfires and proceeded to tear up junior hockey leading the league in scoring and winning back-to-back OHL titles and Memorial Cups, where he was MVP in both tournaments.
In 2010, he was drafted first overall by the Edmonton Oilers and played in the NHL as an 18-year-old and won a silver medal with Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships.
As a pro, he was also a part of two gold-medal-winning World Championship teams in 2015 and 2016 that inspired his drive to compete for Team Canada at the Olympics.
Following an early career defined by injury setbacks from his aggressive style of play, Taylor has emerged as one of the most consistent players and scorers in the NHL.
In the 2017-18 season, he recorded a league-leading 26-game point streak on his way to winning NHL MVP honours.
Now, as an established leader, Taylor has his sights set on getting the New Jersey Devils back into the playoffs and a Stanley Cup Championship.