Canadian forward Taylor MacDougall joins the Edinburgh Capitals for two years.
The 26 year old centre joins having attended the University of New Brunswick between 2011 and 2016 where he combined playing hockey with achieving a double Major in Business and Law. He has committed to the next two seasons with the Capitals and will combine playing with taking an MBA at Heriot Watt University as he seeks to further his education.
As you may have gathered from the name, Taylor MacDougall has Scottish lineage from his Great Grandparents and is excited to be given the chance to play in Scotland. He has been targeted to perform a specific role next season for the Capitals. As a renowned face off specialist who averages an approximate 70% win rate he will be part of a unit designed to dominate the opposition’s most skilful lines both in terms of possession, but also physically.
Taylor is well known and respected within hockey circles and will be someone who other players will note has joined the Edinburgh Capitals. Indeed recent Capitals signing Mason Wilgosh played against him a number of times and of his signing Wilgosh said “Taylor is a great big strong player that uses his size to his advantage, whether it be in the face off circle, corners, or in the front of the net. He plays a strong north south game that makes him very hard to play against. He is great on the penalty kill and has the ability to contribute offensively.”
Edinburgh Capitals coach Michal Dobron said of the signing “I want a team with skill and size. MacDougall is a great 2 way forward who will win us the puck, he’s a face off specialist and will dominate physically. He's going to be an important part of my line up. He comes to us straight from winning a CIS University championship at New Brunswick, his second with the team in his five years there. He will bring a winning mentality."
Taylor said of joining the Capitals “In terms of what made me come to Edinburgh, I have a bit of Scottish lineage, my Mum is a MacDonald and her grandmother was Scottish. When the Caps reached out I was intrigued. I began to research the city and immediately fell in love with it. The more I heard about the team and the league the more interested I became, speaking with Scott Neil he was sincere in wanting to establish a winning club in Edinburgh.
"I want to help contribute to that, I am very proud to be a part of the organization and look forward to making a difference on the ice, and within the community in meeting and trying to continue to grow an already loyal and passionate fan base. In terms of on ice play I am a two way forward, I pride myself on being a very competitive player with strong intangibles. I like to play against the other teams top players and provide secondary scoring in the process.
"Again, I cannot wait to get out into the community and adjust to the culture. I want to try and help grow the sport of hockey in Edinburgh. Giving back to the community that is supporting you is so important and I am just really excited to get to the city and see everything first hand.”
Edinburgh Capitals look forward to welcoming Taylor MacDougall to Scotland in the coming months.
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