TAY­LOR EX­CITED ABOUT WEAR­ING ROY­ALS JER­SEY.

Corner Brook’s Josh Tay­lor ex­cited about wear­ing Roy­als jer­sey for first time

The Western Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE KEARSEY dkearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

A life at sea is what Josh Tay­lor looks for­ward to these days, but un­til then he’s go­ing to stay on the ice.

Tay­lor, a 22-year-old Corner Brook na­tive, just wrapped up four years of stud­ies at the Marine In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy in St. John’s, where he com­pleted the nau­ti­cal sci­ence pro­gram.

Tay­lor, a five-foot-11, 190pound for­ward, suited up with the North­east Ea­gles of the St. John’s Ju­nior Hockey League for the past four sea­sons and was a mem­ber of the Western Kings provin­cial ma­jor midget hockey cham­pi­onship in his fi­nal year of el­i­gi­bil­ity in 2013.

Get­ting a chance to con­tinue play­ing com­pet­i­tive hockey while wait­ing to see where work takes him is some­thing Tay­lor is ex­cited about.

He grew up watch­ing the Roy­als play in the dif­fer­ent se­nior hockey leagues, so he knows there are some die-hard fans wait­ing to see some en­ter­tain­ing hockey, and he’s happy to be part of it all.

“I al­ways thought about play­ing for the Roy­als be­fore, but now it’s go­ing to hap­pen,” Tay­lor said Tues­day. “I’m re­ally glad I get a chance to play in front of fam­ily and friends at home.”

Tay­lor isn’t fa­mil­iar with the other teams other than he played against a few of their play­ers in the past, but he likes the com­pet­i­tive group the Roy­als will put on the ice.

He says most of the guys on the ros­ter have played a lot of com­pet­i­tive hockey, so they should stack up with the other teams.

“We are quick, but we’re fairly smart with the puck, too,” he said. “We’ve all played good hockey, so we know what we’re do­ing, so I think that helps.”

The Roy­als will open the West Coast Se­nior Hockey League sea­son against the Deer Lake Red Wings on Fri­day at 8 p.m. at the Hod­der Me­mo­rial Re­cre­ation Com­plex. For the sea­son opener fans are re­minded that the Red Wings will hold a Christ­mas toy drive in part­ner­ship with the Sal­va­tion Army.

DAVE KEARSEY/THE WESTERN STAR

Josh Tay­lor spent four sea­sons of ju­nior hockey in St. John’s while at­tend­ing the Marine In­sti­tute. He’s back on the west coast look­ing for a job and ex­cited about stay­ing on the ice, as he will play se­nior hockey with the Corner Brook Roy­als this win­ter.

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