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Taylor William Fedun (born June 4, 1988) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing within the Dallas Stars organization of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Taylor Fedun
Born (1988-06-04) June 4, 1988 (age 31)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
Edmonton Oilers
San Jose Sharks
Vancouver Canucks
Buffalo Sabres
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2012–present

Playing careerEdit

Undrafted, Fedun played one final season in the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), skating in 50 games for the Spruce Grove Saints. He led all team defenceman in scoring with ten goals and 43 points.

The following season, Fedun joined the Princeton Tigers of ECAC Hockey in the NCAA Division I. In his first year with the club, he scored four goals and 14 points in 32 games. Fedun remained with the Tigers for an additional three seasons, where he became team captain in his final year.

On March 8, 2011, the Edmonton Oilers signed Fedun to a two-year contract.[1]

Fedun impressed the Oilers at the 2011 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, British Columbia, and continued to impress throughout the Oilers' pre-season games. He remained on the roster after other young high performers, such as Tyler Pitlick and Curtis Hamilton, had been assigned to the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.[2]

Prior to the 2011–12 season, when the Oilers' roster sat at 32 players, with nine more needing to be cut before the team's final roster was made, Fedun was tripped by the Minnesota Wild's forward, Eric Nystrom, and fractured his femur during a preseason game while attempting to retrieve the puck and force an icing. Fedun suffered a complex fracture to his right femur[3] and missed the entire 2011–12 season after a rod was put in his leg. This was the second time the NHL's icing policy led to a fractured femur in the post-lockout era, with the previous injury occurring to former Wild defenseman Kurtis Foster in 2007. The icing rule was changed for the 2013-14 season to reduce the risk for potentially damaging collisions.[4]

Fedun returned the following season, playing entirely with the Barons. In his first professional season, he recorded 27 points in 70 games.

Fedun scored his first career NHL goal on November 5, 2013 against Florida Panthers' goaltender Jacob Markstrom.[5] He appeared in an additional three games for the Oilers that season, scoring another goal. Primarily, Fedun played for the Barons.

With the Oilers not tendering Fedun a qualifying offer, he was released to free agency and on July 1, 2014, signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks.[6] In his lone season with the organization, Fedun recorded four assists in seven games for the Sharks. He also appeared in 65 games for the team's AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks.

On July 1, 2015, Fedun signed a one-year, two-way contract as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks.[7] He skated in one game for the Canucks, as well as 63 for the Utica Comets.

On July 1, 2016, Fedun left the Canucks organization and signed a one-year, two-way contract as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres.[8] He split the 2016–17 season between the Sabres and their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.

During the 2018–19 season, on November 10, 2018, while with the Rochester Americans, the Sabres traded Fedun to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2020 conditional seventh-round pick.[9] On November 23, 2018, in his Stars debut, Fedun scored his first NHL goal in five years and third of his career in a 6-4 win against the Ottawa Senators.[10] He continued on the Stars' roster for the remainder of the season, posting new career highs of 4 goals and 11 points in 54 regular season games. He was also recognized by the Stars as the team's nomination for the Bill Masterton Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to hockey.

On June 27, 2019, Fedun agreed to a two-year, two-way contract extension to remain with Dallas.[11]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 1 0 1 1 0
2005–06 Fort Saskatchewan Traders AJHL 60 13 18 31 72 3 1 1 2 4
2006–07 Spruce Grove Saints AJHL 50 10 33 43 103 10 3 5 8 31
2007–08 Princeton University ECAC 32 4 10 14 32
2008–09 Princeton University ECAC 35 3 12 15 50
2009–10 Princeton University ECAC 31 3 14 17 34
2010–11 Princeton University ECAC 29 10 12 22 38
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 70 8 19 27 30 17 3 3 6 6
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 63 11 26 37 51 3 0 1 1 4
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 2 0 2 0
2014–15 Worcester Sharks AHL 65 6 28 34 37 4 1 0 1 6
2014–15 San Jose Sharks NHL 7 0 4 4 4
2015–16 Utica Comets AHL 63 8 25 33 48 4 0 0 0 4
2015–16 Vancouver Canucks NHL 1 0 1 1 0
2016–17 Rochester Americans AHL 29 5 18 23 29
2016–17 Buffalo Sabres NHL 27 0 7 7 16
2017–18 Rochester Americans AHL 45 3 13 16 32 3 0 0 0 2
2017–18 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 0 1 1 2
2018–19 Rochester Americans AHL 9 0 5 5 2
2018–19 Texas Stars AHL 3 1 2 3 4
2018–19 Dallas Stars NHL 54 4 7 11 14 7 0 0 0 2
NHL totals 100 6 20 26 36 7 0 0 0 2

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Oilers sign Taylor Fedun". Edmonton Oilers. Retrieved March 8, 2011.
  2. ^ Oilers trim roster by twelve - Edmonton Oilers - Transactions
  3. ^ Oilers defence takes a beating in win over Wild | Hockey | Sports | Toronto Sun
  4. ^ Hybrid icing tops list of rule changes for 2013-14. NHL.com Retrieved September 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Mark Acrobello's OT goal lifts Edmonton Oilers past Florida Panthers 4-3". Canada.com. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Scott, Fedun sign one-year contracts with Sharks". National Hockey League. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Canucks sign defenseman Taylor Fedun". Vancouver Canucks. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Sabres ink Taylor Fedun". Buffalo Sabres. July 1, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Taylor Fedun traded to Dallas Stars". ESPN. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "In Stars debut, defenseman Taylor Fedun scores first NHL goal in five years". SportsDay. November 23, 2018. Retrieved November 25, 2018.
  11. ^ "Stars sign Taylor Fedun to 2-year, 2-way contract". Dallas Stars. June 27, 2019. Retrieved June 27, 2019.
  12. ^ All-League & All-Rookie Teams Announced

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