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03-04-2008

Hockey's Dave Taylor Named Clarkson University Trustee

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Potsdam, N.Y. -- Clarkson University alumnus David A. Taylor, director of player personnel for the Dallas Stars Hockey Club, has been elected to Clarkson's Board of Trustees. He will serve on the institutional advancement and student affairs committees.

Taylor received his bachelor of science degree in industrial management from Clarkson in 1977. He received an honorary doctor of science degree from Clarkson in 1997 and was given the University's highest alumni honor, the Golden Knight Award, in 1992.dtaylor

While playing for the Kings, Taylor was named Most Valuable Player, Most Popular Player, and Rookie of the Year, among other awards. Taylor is the King's all time leader in games played with 1,111. He served as team captain for four seasons. He also received the NHL Masterton and Clancy Trophies, played in four NHL All-Star Games and on three Team Canada World Championship Teams. His jersey was retired by the Kings in 1995. He was named an inaugural member of the Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame in 1997.

With Taylor as general manager, the L.A. Kings achieved the most wins in the King's 40-year history. He also improved Kings average attendance from 12,297 to 17,821, provided oversight for construction and design of the Kings Toyota Training Center, built a top-level player development system, and oversaw AHL Franchise purchase and development in Manchester, N.H., resulting in a five-year performance record and the Atlantic Conference Championship in 2004-2005. Taylor was named the Hockey News NHL Executive of the Year for 2000-2001.

During his collegiate days (1973-77) skating as a Clarkson Golden Knight, Taylor set many records and earned a myriad of honors, including All-American and ECAC Player of the Year recognition in 1977. Named to the ECAC's 1970 All-Decade Team, he was the NCAA leading scorer in the 1976-77 season with 108 points (41-67) in 34 games. He earned the Paul J. Pilon Award and was named Clarkson Senior Athlete of the Year in 1977. Taylor served as team captain in 1975-76, and 1976-77, and was named Clarkson's MVP in 1974, 1976, and 1977. The Green and Gold's all-time leading scorer, he amassed 251 points on 98 goals and 153 assists in 116 career games. Taylor is a member of the Clarkson Athletic Hall of Fame's Inaugural Class of 1992.

Taylor has hosted the annual Dave Taylor Cystic Fibrosis Golf Classic since 1988, which has raised over $2 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He has also been celebrity co-chair of the Mark Bavis Leadership Foundation Tourney since 2002 and participated in the L.A. Kings Tip-A-King charity benefit from 1988-2007. He has been a member of the Newport Sports Museum Board since 2003.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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