25 in 25: #25 Rod Taylor Sets Several ECHL Records
Today is September 17. The Admirals 25th home opener on October 11 is just 25 days away! So let's countdown these 25 days recognizing 25 memorable moments in the 25 years of Admirals Hockey, in a segment we call 25 in 25. Each day we will highlight a great moment in the Admirals proud 25-year history to get you set for the 2013-14 home opener!
#25 – Rod Taylor Sets Several ECHL Records
Well, the first moment on our 25 in 25 list, is really not one moment in particular. It is recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of an individual who made many memorable moments for Admirals fans over the years. While some of his record setting moments weren't completed while with the Admirals; his nine seasons in Hampton Roads largely paved the way for him in the ECHL record books.
Of course we are talking about "The Rocket" Rod Taylor. From 1991-2000 he electrified crowds at the Norfolk Scope with his blistering slapshot.
No player has scored more goals as an Admiral than Rod Taylor. The left winger, scored 26 goals and 50 points in just 40 regular season games with the Admirals during the 1991-92 season. 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.
On January 29, 2003 in Greensboro, North Carolina, Taylor broke the ECHL scoring record, while playing for the South Carolina Stingrays. Taylor assisted on a first period goal which allowed him to surpass Darryl Noren for the ECHL's All-Time mark in points with 686. Following that game Taylor reflected about his achievement:
"This has been an exciting few weeks, but it was a bit of a relief to finally get the point and put everything behind me," noted Taylor. "I will probably have a better grasp of what I have accomplished when everything has had some time to settle in."
Taylor's all-time points mark eventually was broken the following season by Mississippi Sea Wolves forward Louis Dumont on November 27, 2003.
Taylor also held the ECHL All-Time record for most goals with 368. His goals scored mark stood for over a decade. It wasn't until March 24, 2013, when his record fell to Wes Goldie of the Alaska Aces. Taylor and Goldie currently share a couple of ECHL records, which includes Most 30-or-More Goal Seasons (8), and Most Consecutive 30-o-rMore Goal Seasons (6).
Taylor retied in 2003, finishing with 678 games played, 368 goals and 689 points.
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.
Tomorrow on 25 in 25, we will relive moment #24 as we countdown to the Admirals home opener on October 11!
The 25th season of Admirals hockey opens on October 5 at Hartford. The Admirals home opener will take place on Friday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the Binghamton Senators. The Admirals play host to the Charlotte Checkers in a preseason exhibition at Scope on September 28, beginning at 7:15 p.m. Preseason game tickets are on sale now for $10. Regular season single game tickets will go on sale beginning on Wednesday, September 25.
Game tickets are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, or call (757) 640-1212 Office hours are Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Fans can also visit us online at www.norfolkadmirals.com