TAY­LOR HALL

Ed­mon­ton? A dis­tant mem­ory. He’s liv­ing it up in New Jersey

The Hockey News - - CONTENTS - BY KEN CAMPBELL

CON­SIDER YOUR­SELF WARNED. If you ever find your­self be­ing in­vited to meet over a meal with New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero, it would be wise to clear the sched­ule. The man does some of his best work and forges his most im­por­tant re­la­tion­ships while break­ing bread. Prior to draft­ing Nico His­chier first over­all last June, Shero had lunch with the kid in Bern, Switzer­land, a meal that lasted five hours and stretched into af­ter­noon cof­fee. Good thing they were in Europe. Oth­er­wise it prob­a­bly would have been din­ner­time by the time they fin­ished lunch.

So it was that af­ter the Devils mt­sotrisae­sis­gechd­htewt­shee­tah­seopnl­tary­athodafift­sioSn­hfoael­rre­ox­thidtem­cifed­ifettd­hing in fa­vor of hav­ing din­ner with hS­go­his­tes­ra­to­warsaty­loef­pfrt­powemd­int­gl­hoe­orm,kTi­noayn­glotahrtiHshaioslnl.weT,aittmo­cohe. wafeten­rttshoe flounrg-hto­hu­atr,mi­narak.cTrhueld, ic­n­r­nuerl im­roe­nayl,, Sah­be­orout­lo­hoak­lefd­wauyp atht roonueghof the and nAon­tai­hced­imthDeuEckd­st­meloen­vtiosi­nonOislerts pwlearye­ofpf lsaeyri­inegs. iBnuthSe­hir­ersoe­f­ciognudre-rdo­tuh­nadt was a good thing. If the con­ver­sa­tion had gone south and Hall told Shero he wanted out, the two prob­a­bly wti­zoAeurtls­dohn­haead­v­paero­pri­inavrtet­dein.d tb­heefo­pre­rotcheeedaip­npges-, Shero looked at Hall and posed qcou­uels­d­tiohna.veHe­beaesnkead­rHeal­ly­wah­w­erke­wahradt choenutl­h­daog­bueegb­hattsi­hh­sii,ss­c­gob­amem­spte.aHr­weadallst,toool­wnd­haSehrpeer­riot- rtoem­goarfikresdt. St haetro­he­sati­h­do3u5gh­pteSrchen­rto. Hwalsl a re­ally tough grader and of­fered 50. “So I said, ‘OK, let’s call it 40.’ ” Hall was right about Shero be­ing tough, pi­iftli­hd­tios­theGseMnd’thit­fafadekr­teer­nu­lo­clnyeg,bi­et­toen­wfig­wou­uir­llde­boin­uegc­tathuoasest havTe­heacp­tuoain­ll­ty­obfetehne4e2x.e5r.cise, though, was achieved. Both sides ac­knowl­phedaodgsi­etb­di­vaerthe­g­leyrroeswcwrthaatsc­ah­naed­dlotht­thaoetft­shruo­erof­pam­claey­foe­orf

hDiesviplso,tHe­natl­li­ahla. dBbe­feo­ernein­coam­loin­signg­toentvhieraon­ndmtheent­te­foarm, wwealls, aglelthti­ins­gNcHoLn cearneedr, tilhy­a­toach­ceimpt.in­Wghitawt ath­se­cy­omdidnng’toko­neoaws-, mhoow­stevferor,man­thde wcohnavterSshaetrion,gliesatnheadt pHla­lyleirssathcr­rievae­t­u­am­rei­d­o­fuc­nocmerftoarint.tySoam­nde Hchea’sostr, ublyu­tatHhailsl biessnt’tason­ae­ploayf etrhaenmd. ap­n­erd­sosen­cuwrheein hies fseuerlr­souc­n­od­min­fo­grst.aIbtl’es brOae­ni­estn.e,dwth­hai­etmnw.taThy­h­e­sier­in­foac­neml­hy­iliyc­sh­p­mi­alo­drvewen­datssf,r1Ko3i­manCSd­tarl­bH­gaar­layl­nttdoooSkKteiavn­begosHu­toatnlal, dyeida,rhteo pfer­e­olscpo­em­refdo.rtable in his new sur­round­ings. Once he

Shero wasn’t ex­actly deal­ing with a bro­ken man that nwiegrhet –mjou­vsitnog­nienwthoe nreige­hdted is­roem­cteioans. sDu­reavnilcse cto­hac­ththJion­hgns THoyr­noen­stom­dadureinagspthee­ci­a­sul mtrimpetro tHoamll’es­e­htowmi­ethtrhai­imn­i­nag­nd­bap­sueti­int baec­stk­wan­hden­wheenseaeide, d“It­to­hiknnko­hwehnee­hedaded­outorsk.”now we had his theEid­go­hgt’sm­bor­ne­tahks­fal­sat­tekrn, otwhen Da­sevtihlse Mw­ertre­opinolfi­itrasnt Dpil­vaic­seioin. waItnhw­daatp­sr­won­a­do­susctu­uin­r­rg­p­n­ri­an­ist­geb­hHee­taateldlr­swtwhaasansleatahd­paiot­nigtnhte-hpe­fe­ortu-egraam­n­meeixntc-shlicipgo,hrbi­enusgt as­c­n­odriBn­r­giaDnevGi­ilbsb–onNsic–o cHoim­scb­hi­ineer,dJe­fos­prezreBro­raNttH, LWgi­lalmBeust­clhaesrt wsae­htaeosaomno.bvSaetsab­er­dotit­no­hgn­th­wsepitepheudcH,kaalnln,ddShtehrenoior­wfeaehstaiqs­nu­taiec­c­nkatl­syot. nof­bpu­lialdyein­rgs WhAes­nfohreHaarl­rli,vheed’sin­finNael­wly Jsert­stleey­dain­lit­totlleifme wori­ethththaen Daeyveilasr. da­geom, Hoaf lSl hear­dobaened­nHinyn­thees rNeHpLref­so­ern­stiexd­ste­hae­sofin­ftsh, aGnMd tahnedt­tah­neefixft­phen­coseaschShoef rhoi­san­cadreHeyr.nCelseasrelty­at­shiede­tim­foer Hanadll rwe­se­traeuwraenltl mspentt,. aH­nadll thhaesyakb­ne­oli­wef tin­heth­pelaDyevrilis cionac­fohresthaend­lom­n­gan­haaguel-. t“hTi­h­niks yisouh’irset­seeaeminngoawg,”uyHwyn­heo­sisa­ciodm. “fTorhteas­be­leawre­i­thishig­susy­istu. -I taatlieont,ead­nd­plathy­erg.”reat thing for us is he’s a hun­gry, hun­gry, setAtlned ti­h­nat­to­coan­m­fao­pra­trl­temvel­ng­tone­seabrey­hois­ndte­tahme im­ceat­feosr Hi­nalHl.oHbeo’sken, and noth­ing seems as over­whelm­ing as it once did. The thought of jump­ing in his car and, depend­ing on Holl­haonudr Tisunonel tthraft­fi­acp, pbeainlsg tion hNimew. WYohrek­thCeit­ry­itw’sit­thaikn­i­nagh­hailsf bil­lets from his ju­nior days in Wind­sor to see

Miss Saigon ob­veer­swait­nhdaate­waam­lk­morastiemf­porlya­he­coad­uipn­leg taoroeum­nd­brMa­caen­haallt­toanf ,itH. a“lAl nhy­at­shlien­agrn­de­ifd­wfeereirndt nfroowm,” NHeawll sJaeirds.e“yAn­wd­outhldatf’seeal gooTd­hatht­in­regp.”re­sents a big 180 from twh­heoe­maror­itvioen­daltl­hyer­f­reaglailset yfoaulln. gItmhans ibtewe­naswfo­er­l­lH­daol­clutmo aec­nctepdth­hoe­whad­diff­biceuelnt twraedr edgfer­tot­mingth­geoOoi­dlertshe­jurest. aHsatlhl in­feglst aban­doned and be­trayed, and watchiL­na­grsshoisn, ftohrem­pelaryeter­ahme w–asat­nr­dadAed afomr – have so much suc­cess last sea­son mcualtd.eIt­thcer­traainl­sy­it­dioidn nevoeth­n­in­m­gotroe qduife­fil-l wthaescpraitritc­sofwtheopthrob­ul­gehmt am­nadyb­neotHthalel sthoa­luttmioankeins hEidsm­ne­own­toGnM. Ilta’us­gah.n“oTthioeny Swhoeur­lod­sahi­adv,e“adnod­nwe ewwe­ol­luwldihthav(eH­daolln),e” bs-o-t-htyte­waimths Awdearme.”. That’s just where somIt’es­tim­fuensn.y Ehaorlwy thins gsea­w­sornk, oth­uet wOialesnrs’twn­er­aer­ly­loaoskigno­goldikae­saadte­vaem­r­tit­sheadt, wer­hyi­olenet’hse eDx­epveilc­stawtieornes.exTce­hediOngileervs-, flrooomkeda cao­suaplteean­mo­taabltead­exs­cle­op­wati­soindse, asp­ned­e­dunaobfleth­toeikreeapll-uw­por­toldthceapc­traizny. Wwien­i­grde.r Iwt iathlmaot­sotnsoe­fesmpseeads wth­hooulgikheas to get the puck and give the puck and hbeasw­shizaet’sam­ndis­as­in­hgigihn Eskdimll olen­vte­ol­n­mthiegshet dwaaytsc.hHi­nagll htaiskef­sorn­moepra­tre­taic­mu­las­rtr­ju­o­gy­gilne Hto­er­we­gaas­in­qi­u­toste­fo­dr­mas­fr­soamyinl­gasat fsteras­tohne. Oil­ers bowed out in seven games twoat­shheapDpuy­ck­th­seiyn­htahdelpol­saty, bo­fuftswthatt he meant was that he was re­lieved that bthoatththt earme cso’ usel­das­fion­naslly­w­beere­clovseurea.nd

To re­late it to a real-life sit­u­a­tion, ipta’srtknien­rd­hoafve­lik­beeetnhist.ogYeo­tu­hearnd­foryosuixr ydeoawrns sa.nJ­dusy­toaus’vte­he­hared­latliot­noshf uip­plsoaonkds to be turn­ing the cor­ner – Wham! –A ycou’prele bm­lin­odnsthids­ed­lat­beyr, ay­obu­rec­ahkeucpk. Iapn­nas­rdt­tan­ages­r­ram­maupc­pa­henad­srsFyaot­coueb­w­boeaonkd­to­taiongs­dagyy­rote­huaert same thing, you re­ally can’t. You go

ANY­THING DIF­FER­ENT FROM NEW JERSEY WOULD FEEL WEIRD NOW. AND THAT’S A GOOD THING – Tay­lor Hall

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i2n0g1t0a.kAes­nafiprsr­too, hver­walals­bay pthaertOoi­fle­grosld­in­wf­woeirn­nCn­tain­sngoad­Wsaoouirntld­h2Cw0h1i­at5hmaptnhi­doen2sO0hi1liep6r.tse,Iatb­maulstl ty­hoe­un­ri­ugmht­bi­enrsth, eboe­ty­heb­tahlel­soanned­st­th­heas­t­uh­bittdliedr hain­saply­a­tritc.sIn ufam­ctb,eifrsA, lseuxgOgveestchHkainll ha­lal-dst­naortabte­lenft nwaim­ngedthae­soen­colyn­dse-tae­saomn cthtuear­lely’s pal­gaoyeod cri­h­gah­ntcwe itnhgat(d2e0s1i2g1he3)a, natBiount ownouanldyhloavsien­got­neeamto,Hthaellr.e are ltlei­hgfe­htmt­tnhi­iengOEri­dolem­drsso,,naht­noedn.wHBaayslltswheeanstiomanseeah­noe-f owtho­er­wuans drewraacrhdievd­in­wgithyoaulnogngp-ltaeyremr deal but wasn’t hold­ing up his end op­fos­its.eSs­soiotnh-edrOivilien­rgs pdleaayle­trafo­tralaen­mteind-, Awut­ni­etd-hmeau­vl­n­mec­nohsit­nth­gonudo­ge­hfoefn­ftehsniev­seitvrdeaedf­peeontlseoenomtki­ae­andl. very good from an Oil­ers’ per­specm­ti­vaeny­laGstMse(ais­foan,ytahter­aell)airne tnhoetNtHoLo who would not sac­ri­fice Lars­son for

nosp­fip­b1oi0l­ri0tty.u“nfIiotdry­ot­tnoh’tegteaf­takcHetaflIul lh1l,a0fv0ueldl nary­oest­soth­pueot

THIS IS HIS TEAM NOW. THESE ARE HIS GUYS – John Hynes

bloeoek­naitnsopm­layeooffst,”heHatel­lam­sasidI. w“Iaf­sy­onu, npo­lay­co­hfafsn.ceIn wjueni­wor­erIe hmadakaitnhgereth’se li­ok­te­ofho­suck­c­ceeyssw, as­nd­toiot ael­ma­soys. tIt­se­heam­sne’dt pwloarykien­daop­ul­taiynotfhf egaNmHeL. yTe­hta. tI’sd alogvree­taot TIs’tvhaeagtne’se­fvow­erhraaeptvlIea’mnye­blreo­teoonksi­inhn­goawf­porl­wawyhaoarftdfhrtaeoci.”es. of bIte’scon­moti­nags ath­mouodgherHna-dl­laiys Gin­uy­daCn­hgaer­rron, who was traded in 1970-71, his fDroemtroti­hteRMe­donWtrien­aglsCas­rnoaod­kieiense­taosothne, Tofhea Cpanck­aadgien­f­sor­wFen­rat­noknM­toah­woivn­plic­ahrt. etedamtospalanyd feon­rd­suormede atru7l3y4g-goadm-aewc­fua-l rgeaem­rew. Jiathy­oBuotuewvem­repes­lateyrinpglaayepd­la7y­o6f4f games be­fore log­ging any mean­ing­fau­plpsepariendg ig­na­maesm, ian­ndd-bRoogngliHn­gain9s0e7y bweiftohroeut­beipnogst-rsaedaes­donto Ppi­a­trt­stibcuipragth­ioant twhi­en­ntri­nagde­thdeeaSd­tal­inn­ley­laC­sutpse­wais­tohn­thaenmd tfao­htre3t­p6hl.aeSy­hDoofe­fu­vsli,dlh­siHsthasilt­slrep­sae­lakayssoa­ton­ll­pa8s­n2adt­g5­ma3­ma5ke.es speWc­thivee­neovn­erthHeallil­fe­noe­fead­sprsofme­sesiop­n­ear-l aH­tahlle’stef,ahtheedr,oSet­senv’te,hwavaes fdarat­fotet­durbny. ar­rival, Bombers GM Cal Mur­phy tPoolpd­lah­wim­skih. eIf­cy­oou­uld­dboen’thken­nowex­twJhooe td­heatl.isS,oloSotke­viet, unpo.wIt’as apr­por­festtsyiob­niagl painter, does have some in­sight on dli­vidin­ngout­pre­tao­clhofthy­ee­hx­peiegch­tat­stiop­n­resd. (icHteadll for him, but Reaves did. The year of the trade, Reaves went on to be an­nad­maedyetahre­laCtFeLr’ws oronoakGiere­oyf Cthuep wyeiathr mthoestBoomubt­se­trasndaindg wpalasyethr.eHleaglau­tee’sr ah­nad an­soown, Rpyl ayns, wfohro to­hoek Puipt­ths­bouck­rgehy aP­nendSt­gewu­vi­aenssHd.aTul­r­leust­weoistrtceoh­preyrd.e)steonbtoCbasnlead­ddainagt gth­reipGoan­mdeesa. lSinogh­wei­th­hascraus­phri­ent­g­ty­dg­isoaopd­point­ment as well. tolS­do­hwishde­an­dah1e2w-yae­na­tre-doltdo Tpalayy­loirnHthalel HNviHedeLh,madSoter­aevl­rete­hawad­naysjubeesq­te­un­faipt­ph­paeirndl­syt­taok­di­vp­nirgco­ley-. be­vueil­rdy­ingyeanr oiunt­dCoaol­r­garirnyk, fsoormheisth­sionng oth­n­actebte­hceam­fame ai­lylitt­toleok­muo­pre­rcehsi­adlleencgein­ing Kcoin­llges­g­teona.nEd­vper­noth­foout­gb­halSl,tehveespali­adye­hde un­wneavt­siel­wrhhree­an­blle­hyceal­er­meaaern­l­layedl­beo­tao­brns­bleedadtnheear.tvhTalh­leu­a­teet of proper train­ing and mak­ing the pmaosst­to­hfathios­nr­te­opsh,isans­don­hwe iwthasthaeb­bleen­toe­ab­filte otof lper­nad­c­taicha­lanedx,p” eSr­tieevnec­sea. i“dI. “wbaust einx­etchuet ed­ndth, ehe­p­lwana.”s the guy who has whTo­hwe ar­set­soulldt tios baec2o6m-ye arb-eotlt­derp­plaryae­cr­tice player, and he did. Hall moved his ow­fof-rskeas­wointh­bas­rento wTon­re­od­ntop­sro het­r­caoin­ueldr Andy O’Brien. He’s com­fort­able now – asut rpreoauc­ned­winit­ghs.hAimns­dele­f­vaen­ndt­shtraob­ulegh­inthies doifw­fic­nul­h­toti­wmegso,oH­dalh­leal­wayss. “kIn’veewn­deevepr hloestscaoidn.fid“Ie’vnece­nien­vmeryswe­lafv, Ie’lr­les­dayinthamty,” self-con­fi­dence.aYn­oduthrau­vset it­noy­hoau­vreatb­hialti­ties, and when you don’t, then you’re sthceril­nfe-gw­be­te­oldieh. faIivste,h.a”inlmk os­setlft-ocoanf­faidu­eltn, cae­goanod

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