Chris Taylor’s time in the NHL appears to be coming to a close, for now.
In October, the 47 year old from Stratford was summoned from his role as Rochester Americans’ head coach to join the Buffalo Sabres as an assistant while Dan Granato recovered from severe pneumonia. According to a report last week, Granato is feeling better and is expected to rejoin the NHL club soon.
That would result in Taylor returning to Rochester, where he’s led the Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliate to consecutive playoff appearances.
“What we have going on in Rochester right now, what Chris and Randy (Sexton, the assistant GM) are developing down there, is one of the strengths of our organization,” Sabres general manager Jason Botterill told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle before the season. “When we hired Chris we were excited about it, and we think he’s done an excellent job the last couple years.”
Taylor was reportedly considered this summer as a replacement for Phil Housley as Sabres’ head coach, a job that went to Ralph Krueger. Taylor said remaining in Rochester was the right move.
“I felt more comfortable staying where I was in Rochester all the time, and they felt that was the best situation for me as well,” he told the media at Sabres development camp. “Ralph is a candidate way above me. I’ve got a lot to learn, I’m young, only two years experience (as a head coach). I know that. I’m not trying to jump anywhere, and again, I love coaching the Rochester Americans.”
Buffalo is 9-6-2 after consecutive losses to Tampa Bay in Stockholm.
Stratford’s Dennis Williams earned his 100th win as a head coach in the Western Hockey League when the Everett Silvertips beat the Kamloops Blazers 3-2 Nov. 2.
Williams took over behind the bench in 2017 and led the club to consecutive 47-win seasons and was named WHL Coach of the Year in 2017-18.
His early success caught the eye of Hockey Canada, which named Williams head coach of Team Canada Black at the 2018 World U17 Hockey Challenge. In August, the 40 year old served as an assistant coach to Spokane’s Dan Lambert on the coaching staff of Canada’s national men’s summer under-18 team that competed at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
Everett leads the U.S. Division in 2019-20 with an 13-4-0-0 record.
Shakespeare’s Cohen Myers was named Laurier Female Athlete of the Week for the first time earlier this month.
Myers, a Stratford Central alumnae and third-year WLU sociology student, stopped 28 of 29 shots Nov. 1 in a 1-0 loss to Queen’s. She made 37 saves the following night in a 4-1 win over Ontario Tech.
Overall, Myers is ninth in the province with a 2.34 goals-against average and eighth with a .920 save percentage. After setting a school record for saves in 2018-19, Myers has turned aside 161 shots in 2019-20, which is fourth in the OUA.
Laurier (2-6) is 11th in the conference.