Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall

NHL — Buffalo Sabres

2018 Hart Memorial Trophy Award Winner
2016, 2015 IIHF World Championships — Gold Medalist 
2010 First Overall Pick, NHL Entry Draft
2010 IIHF World Junior Championships — Silver Medalist
2010, 2009 Memorial Cup Champion (MVP) — Windsor Spitfires
Social Followers: Twitter, 492,000; Instagram, 114,000 
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For Taylor Hall, hockey is all 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 actually 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, they both gave Taylor everything he needed to become the best player he could be, including a backyard rink.

When he showed early promise 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 in the NHL, Taylor has his sights set on getting back into the playoffs with the Buffalo Sabres and leading Team Canada to the top of the podium in Beijing 2022.

If he needs some Olympic perspective, he doesn't have far to turn.

His father Steve had switched from football to bobsledding and was ready to represent Canada at the Calgary 1988 Olympics when his dream was dashed after he sustained a career-ending injury just before the Games.

Perhaps in Beijing 2022, Taylor will fulfill both his father's Olympic dream and his own.

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