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Former Yale hockey coach Tim Taylor dies

Very sad news from the world of college hockey.

Longtime Yale coach Tim Taylor passed away Saturday after battling cancer. He was 71 years old.

Taylor coached Yale from 1976 to 2006 and compiled a 337-433-55 record. He was a two-time winner of the ECAC Hockey Coach of the Year Award (1991-92, 1997-98). The award was named after Taylor starting with the 2006-07 season. He also was a three-time winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as national coach of the year (1986-87, 1991-92, 1997-98). Yale won the 1997-98 ECACH regular-season title.

Taylor twice coached the U.S. Olympic hockey team (1984 and 1994).

Taylor's last win came against Union in the memorable five-overtime game in Game 2 of the ECACH tournament first round. David Meckler's short-handed goal 1:35 into the fifth OT gave the 11th-seeded Bulldogs beat the sixth-seeded Dutchmen, 3-2. At 141:35, it was the longest in NCAA hockey history. That was eclipsed four years later when Union lost to Quinnipiac in Game 1 of the ECACH tournament quarterfinals.

After losing to Dartmouth in the quarterfinals, Taylor was fired and replaced by one of his former players, Keith Allain. Allain guided Yale to its first NCAA hockey title April 13.

After Yale, Taylor worked with USA Hockey.

RPI coach Seth Appert tweeted: "Sad day for #usahockey as we lost Tim Taylor-as good as it gets in hockey and as a man. I feel lucky to have gotten to know him on n off ice."

UPDATE 6:36 p.m. Sunday: ECACH commissioner Steve Hagwell issued a statement on Taylor's passing, saying, "The ECAC Hockey family, and hockey community, has suffered a great loss with the passing of coach Tim Taylor. He is an icon within ECAC Hockey and the entire sport. A gentleman's gentleman, Coach epitomized the true meaning of honor, integrity, loyalty and class. Coach truly was a blessing to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him. I certainly am a better man because of relationship and friendship with coach. He will greatly missed, but not forgotten."

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