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Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor No player has scored more goals as an Admiral than Rod Taylor. Taylor, a left wing, scored 77 goals in 129 games at Ferris State University from 1987-91 – including a school-record 41 goals during his senior season. He broke into the professional ranks with the Admirals in 1991-92, scoring 26 goals and 50 points in just 40 regular season games that year. However, his biggest impact as a rookie came during the run to the Riley Cup Championship when he led the Admirals with 16 goals and 26 points in 14 postseason games.

Taylor’s best season with the Admirals came two years later, as he led the 1993-94 Admirals with 54 goals and 88 points. He won a second championship with Hampton Roads in 1998 when he led the team in goals during the regular season and then notched nine goals and 13 points as Hampton Roads captured the 1998 Kelly Cup.

After the Admirals’ move to the American Hockey League in 2000, Taylor played three more seasons in the ECHL before retiring in 2002-03. At the time of his retirement, he was the ECHL’s all-time leader in games played (678), goals (368) and points (689). Taylor is Hampton Roads’ all-time leader in games played (528), seasons played (9), goals (312), points (565) and penalty minutes (856). He led the Admirals in goal scoring five times. Taylor’s powerful and accurate slap shots earned him the nickname “The Rocket,” and the Elton John hit song “Rocketman” was played when he scored at Scope.

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