Sault Legends: Lady Taylor/Ed Shaefer


180px-william_lady_taylorUpon learning more information on Ed Shaefer after last week’s column I want to return to him as well as his linemate William ‘Lady’ Taylor (pictured).

Upon speaking over email with a Lloyd Davis from the Society for International Hockey Research, he gave me more information on Ed Shaefer.

Davis said there’s a suggestion in their file that Shaefer may have been born in Naughton, Ontario, now part of Greater Sudbury.

He signed with the Canadian Soo entry in the IHL on November 30, 1904, for which the Ontario Hockey Association suspended him a month later, on December 30.

He was subsequently suspended again, on January 6, 1905, by the Canadian Soo for not reporting but they signed him again on November 30, 1906, for the ’06-07 season.

A researcher has turned up a report that he signed with the Michigan Soo on November 3, 1907, although Davis found a wire story in the Ottawa Journal indicating he was still committed to the Canadian club.

He broke his ankle in an OPHL game between Brantford and Guelph, on February 14, 1908

With Fort William, Shaefer was named a league all-star.

His linemate was known as Lady Taylor.

Amongst the teams Taylor played with were the Canadian Soo Algonquins and the Michigan Soo Indians of the IPHL.

Taylor also represented the Brantford Indians, St. Catharines Pros and Berlin Dutchmen of the Ontario Professional Hockey League.

Prior to his exploits in professional ice hockey Taylor played with Brantford and Paris clubs in the Ontario Hockey Association. He was also a lacrosse player.

With the Canadian Soo, Soo Algonquins or Soo Marlboros, whichever name they actually went under as three are listed, he was quite the centerman.

In 1904-05 he scored 35 goals in just 24 games with the club.

The next season he notched 13 goals in just 10 games.

In the 1906–07 IPHL season Taylor led the league with 46 goals and 64 points in 24 games.

In the three year history of the IPHL only Lorne Campbell of the Pittsburgh Professionals scored more goals than Taylor, with 108 and 99 goals respectively, but in 15 more games played.

In the 1908 OPHL season Taylor scored 28 goals in 12 games for the Brantford Indians which placed him second in the league only behind Newsy Lalonde of the Toronto Professionals who scored 32 goals in 9 games.

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