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That Tim Taylor brought a stately intelligence to hockey surprised no one. Educated at Harvard, he became the winningest hockey coach at Yale University, an English major spinning the X’s and O’s of playmaking into a victorious narrative in many a year.
“He was one of those guys who was a real teacher,” said Ben Smith, a former hockey head coach at Northeastern. “He was a teacher-coach and he was in it for the long haul, teaching and preparing young people how to become adults, and it just happened that his classroom was the ice hall.”
Thrice named Eastern College Athletic Conference coach of the year, an award that now bears his name, Mr. Taylor also coached the US Olympic Men’s Hockey Team in 1994.