Chris Taylor, Head Coach
Rochester Americans General Manager Randy Sexton named Chris Taylor
Head Coach of the Amerks on June 30, 2017.
Taylor, who is just the 12th former Amerk to be named head coach and 32nd
overall in the 63-year history of the franchise, enters his second season at
the helm of the Amerks after leading Rochester to a 37-22-11-6 (91 points)
regular-season record and a return trip back to the postseason for the first
time in four years. The Amerks finished with the third-best record in the
AHL’s North Division standings in 2017-18 under Taylor, who also became
the first head coach to lead the Amerks to the Calder Cup Playoffs in his first
season as bench boss since former colleague Chadd Cassidy.
In addition to helping the Amerks snap a four-year playoff drought last season, Taylor assembled one of
the top special teams units that ranked among the top five in both power-play efficiency (18.3% - 5th) and
penalty-killing (84.1% T-4th) in the Eastern Conference.
Taylor first joined the Amerks staff as development coach prior to the 2011-12 season following a successful
19-year professional career as a player that saw him become one of the all-time Amerk greats to ever don
the red, white and blue. He was elevated to assistant coach on Feb. 25, 2013, a position he retained through
the 2015-16 campaign.
After spending parts of nine seasons with the Amerks between 1999 and 2011, Taylor finished his playing
career ranked among the franchise’s all-time leaders in assists (3rd, 339), games played (4th 519), points
(5th 481) and goals (10th 142). He also served as team captain during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons
and was an alternate captain during several other campaigns. Taylor received perhaps the highest honor of
his career during the 2014-15 season when he was unanimously inducted into the Amerks Hall of Fame on
Jan. 10, 2015 in his first year of eligibility, becoming the 56th member of the prestigious club.
A member of the Amerks’ 50th Anniversary Team, Taylor is also a three-time Amerks team MVP and scoring
champion (2001-02, 2002-03, 2004-05) and is the only player in franchise history to achieve those two
feats in the same season on three occasions. During his final season as a player in 2010-11, Taylor ranked
second on the Amerks in scoring with 51 points (10+41) in 72 games. He also finished second on the team
in scoring the previous year with 61 points (17+44) when he returned to Rochester following a three-year
stint in Germany, where he played for Frankfurt and led the team in scoring all three seasons.
During the 2004-05 campaign in which the Amerks won the Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy with the AHL’s best
regular-season record, Taylor was the Amerks scoring leader with 79 points (21+58) and was honored with
the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Award for sportsmanship, determination and dedication to the game of hockey. Taylor
also shares the franchise record for most assists in a single game with six, set on Oct. 21, 2005.
During his pro career, Taylor appeared in 149 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Boston Bruins and
Sabres, recording 32 points (11+21) and 48 penalty minutes. Of those 149 games, 90 came in a Buffalo
uniform. In 2003-04, he set NHL career-highs in games played (54), goals (6), assists (6) and points (12)
while with the Sabres.
Prior to joining the Sabres/Amerks organization in 1999, Taylor won two Turner Cup Championships with
Denver and Utah of the International Hockey League. The Stratford, Ontario, native was originally drafted
by the Islanders in the second round (27th overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft and finished his pro career
with 1,297 games played at the NHL, AHL, IHL and European levels.