2018-19 ST. LOUIS BLUES YEARBOOK 13
VICE PRESIDENT OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS
Dave Taylor was named the Blues’ Vice President of Hockey Operations on June 26, 2012 after serving as the club’s
Director of Player Personnel for two seasons.
Taylor came from the Dallas Stars, where he served three seasons as their Director of Player Personnel. He went
to Dallas in 2007 after spending 30 years with the Los Angeles Kings organization as a player and member of the
Taylor served as Director of Amateur Development for the Kings in 2006-07 after completing nine seasons (1997-
2006) as the club’s General Manager, during which he compiled a record of 290-261-105. In his final year as General
Manager in 2005-06, the Kings equaled a franchise record in home wins (26). His teams earned 90-plus points for
three-straight seasons for the first time in franchise history from 1999-2002. Average attendance improved from
12,297 to 17,821 during his tenure and he was named the Hockey News Executive of the Year in 2001. Under Taylor’s
leadership, the Kings succeeded at the draft table selecting Anze Kopitar, Olli Jokinen, Alexander Frolov, Michael
Cammalleri, Dustin Brown, Jonathan Quick, and Lubomir Visnovsky.
On the ice, Taylor was a member of the renowned “Triple Crown Line” with Marcel Dionne and Charlie Simmer. The
Kings’ all-time games played leader appeared in 1,111 contests, tallying 431 goals and 638 assists for 1,069 points.
A five-time NHL All-Star, he also served as the Kings’ captain for four seasons from 1985-89, and after posting
career-highs in goals (47) and points (112) during the 1980-81 season, he earned a spot on the NHL All-Star Second
Team. On Feb. 5, 1991, Taylor became the first former NCAA player in NHL history to record 1,000 career points. On
April 3, 1995, Taylor’s No. 18 jersey was retired by Los Angeles.
Taylor also represented Canada in three World Championships as a player including 1983 in Germany, 1985 in
Prague, and 1986 in Moscow. He helped Canada earn bronze medals in 1983 and 1986 while leading them to silver
as team captain in 1985.
Taylor graduated from Clarkson College in 1977 and during his senior year, he led the NCAA with a record 108 points
(41g, 67a) in 34 games. In the same season, Taylor was named a First Team All-America selection and the ECAC
Player of the Year. He remains the all-time leading scorer at Clarkson University with 251 points (98g, 153a) in 116
Dave and his wife Beth reside near Los Angeles with their two daughters, Jamie and Katie.