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Tim Taylor, 71; Yale’s winningest hockey coach headed 1994 Olympic hockey squad

Tim Taylor coached all levels of hockey, from youth leagues to the Olympics. He spent three decades at Yale University, where he won more hockey games than any other coach.
Tim Taylor coached all levels of hockey, from youth leagues to the Olympics. He spent three decades at Yale University, where he won more hockey games than any other coach.1994 globe file

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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.

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