Cecil Taylor of Charlottetown was honored by Hockey Canada at the Annual Awards at the 2018 Spring Congress in Regina with the Order of Merit award (Atlantic).
Order Of Merit
At the Hockey Canada annual general meeting in 1960, approval was given to the institution of annual “Hockey Canada Meritorious Awards” to honour those individuals who for many years have served amateur hockey faithfully, having participated as players, served as coaches and association members, and made outstanding contributions to Canadian amateur hockey. The first such awards were made in January and May 1962.
Say the name Cecil Taylor within the P.E.I. hockey community, and you’ll hear about an unassuming man who shuns the spotlight. You’ll also hear how that same humble, hardworking hockey lifer helped transform the Junior game on the Island. For his unselfish dedication to developing and growing the game, Cecil Taylor is the recipient of Hockey Canada’s Order of Merit.
Cecil began leaving his mark in the early 1970s. As the general manager of the Colonel Gray Colonels – later the Charlottetown Junior Abbies of the Maritime Junior Hockey League – Cecil led the club to six straight provincial Junior A championships, as well as five Maritime titles.
Cecil then took his experience and turned toward farther-reaching roles. He was the Junior director with the PEI Hockey Association (now Hockey PEI) for seven years, the 1st VP for another two years and, finally, president for four years, his term concluding in 1992.
In 1991, Cecil stepped up to the national level. He was elected Vice-Chairman at large (and a board member) of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (now Hockey Canada). For three years, he served as the director for Junior hockey. During that time, he proudly shared in back-to-back gold medals at the World Juniors. He then served two years as the director of minor hockey.
When his term ended in 1996, Cecil returned to where it all began: Junior hockey on the Island. He assumed the role of Vice-President of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League, a positon he continues to hold today. His consistent and steady presence allows others to succeed in their roles and the league to thrive overall. He’s earned the unwavering respect of every owner, governor and team staff member.
For many years, he also handled the league’s disciplinary measures. A challenge role for sure, but one for which Cecil was commended by all teams for his fairness.
Most recently, Cecil brought his vast experience back to the national level as Hockey PEI’s representative on Hockey Canada’s Junior task team.
In 2009, Hockey PEI bestowed him with an Honorary Life Membership.
Simply stated, hockey’s strong position in the province today is due in no small part to Cecil’s dedication and commitment.
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