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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Taylor Peters!

If you haven’t heard of him, you might want to tune in. Taylor is a forward for the Portland Winterhawks who spends his free time writing screenplays, blogging, repressing violent impulses against bad drivers and saving drowning kayakers from the polluted waters of the Willamette River on New Year’s Day. On the ice, he is one of several players who wear a rotating A and he likes to do stuff like score game winning goals in overtime in games versus formidable foes like the Moose Jaw Warriors, home team of Dylan McIlrath and Quinton Howden, among others. He’s making the headlines around these parts this week for that goal, and the rescue on the river. So you won’t be surprised to learn that the young man behind the headlines is equally interesting.

Jaw Dropper: The Moose Jaw Warriors were minus a very good player (Howden) due to World Juniors but they came ready to play, and that they did. An early goal was answered with two from the Winterhawks, but with just 31 seconds remaining in the first, the Warriors tied it back up. They went ahead again and the Hawks tied it back up. And then came overtime: three minutes and change in, when the score was starting to make fans whisper “shootout,” Taylor rushed into the Warriors’ zone and scored the winning zinger.

Happy New Year!: You can read all about how Taylor became a local hero right from the man himself on his blog: Or you can check out any one of the news articles that have run since his superhero powers were exposed for all to read about.

He’s a Jack of All Trades: In the 2009 - 2010 season, fans were impressed to learn that among Taylor’s studies was honors physics.  At the start of last season, he had moved on to marketing. Flash forward a few months, and he was considering medical school, writing a novel and starting his blog.

Tune in: This year, Taylor and a friend endeavored to write a script for the sitcom “Community,” which unfortunately was canceled. But something tells me you may one day see his name next to the “Screenplay By” line.

Two thumbs down: From what I hear, Winterhawks assistant coach and former NHL player Travis Green picks the post-game movies on the bus, which are typically horror movies. One thing to know about Taylor is that he’s highly intelligent,and accordingly, he makes the most of his free time. And so, when he’s not writing screenplays, Taylor can be found breaking down the highly unpredictable and complex plots of horror movies, in which he outlines the plotlines for casual horror movie viewers like myself. Who, by the way, refuses to watch the original “Halloween” when I’m alone in my house because it still freaks me out to this day.

Gone camping: Taylor has not been drafted by an NHL team, but for the past two seasons, he got an invite to training camp by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Minnesota Wild. Joe Morrow was drafted 23rd overall by the Pens this year, but it was Taylor who got the first look at Consol Energy Center last season shortly after it opened. In both cases, he told me it was a good look at what it takes to make it at that level, and how disciplined and professional NHL players are on and off the ice. A fine example that I’m sure Taylor will follow when he gets there himself. That is, if he’s not making more money than God as a doctor or a Hollywood screenwriter.

Straight A’s: Taylor is one of several players on the Winterhawks’ roster who rotate wearing the A. He was wearing it on Tuesday when he scored the game winner. Concidence? I think not. He’s also top notch with a soundbite. In a rare win against the Tri-City Americans last year, the Hawks had to bring their A game to beat their top division rival 8 - 2. And according to Taylor, that’s exactly what they did: “They weren’t being very professional, and we had to show them we could play a better game.” My parting shot about Taylor Peters is a lot like his quote: he’s professional, he plays a better game, and he was born to wear that A. Stay tuned, because this one is worth putting on your list of prospects to watch. Or, ya’ know, a list of future Coast Guard rescue swimmers to watch. Either way, really.

 

 

 

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Welcome to Above the Glass, a definitive anti-expert’s guide to hockey. I started blogging in 2009 as part of an effort to learn all 87 rules in the NHL Rulebook in 107 days before the 2010 Olympics, 30 years after I discovered the sport. You can peruse the archival results here. Growing up in Arizona, I didn’t even know hockey existed until February 22, 1980, when the USA played Russia in the Olympics. And just like that, the game of the century changed my life. I still don’t quite understand the icing rule or which faceoff circle goes with what offense, but I do know that every aspect of hockey has something to teach us about life. That’s what you’ll find here, along with my unadulterated passion for the game.

I live in Portland, Oregon, home of the WHL’s Portland Winterhawks. I invite anyone who wants to know more about hockey in the Rose City to visit here, where I blog exclusively about the Winterhawks. I’ll post an occasional musing about the Hawks, the WHL and junior hockey here as well.

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Email: samantha@kuklaskorner.com