Chris Taylor knows the Amerks inside and out. He spent 14 seasons in Rochester, nine as a player, five as an assistant.
He also spent last season in the Penguins organization. As in, the Stanley Cup champion Penguins.
Taylor says he’s determined to bring that winning culture to the Amerks.
“We want every player to come in here and try to make the Buffalo Sabres, but if you don’t, you’re coming down here to make a winning culture here in Rochester and to make everybody better down here because you are always developing,” says Taylor. “Even if you’re in the NHL, you’re still developing at 32, 33, 29, it doesn’t matter your age. Everybody is still developing and getting better.”
Chris Taylor is a member of the team’s Hall of Fame as well as the Amerks 50th anniversary team. He’s eager to be back in Rochester.
“I loved when I played here, and I loved when I was an assistant coach here. I love the Amerks and what this community means to me and my family, and to everybody else what the Amerks mean in this community,” says Taylor. “It’s an exciting time, and we just want to get back to winning ways here.”
Rochester’s last playoff series win was in 2005. Taylor was a player for the team.
“What we need to push here is that if you’re down here, make the best of it. Work your butt off and try to get back up there, but also try to make this team here because that’s ultimately the goal,” says Taylor.
Taylor will be the seventh Amerks coach in the last ten seasons. Rochester has finished dead last in the North division three years in a row.
It’s one Amerks tradition Taylor wants no part of.