Frozen though it may be, hockey is played on water.
So in a roundabout way, Grant Taylor is still connected to his dream, and the 29-year-old Weatherford aquatics and athletics manager loves his job.
Taylor grew up in Whittier, California, home of Richard Nixon. He played ice hockey for much of his life in the Southern California Amateur Hockey Association.
A 2004 graduate of Tesoro High School and a 2010 graduate of Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California, also got into the parks and recreation field at early age. In fact, he was still in high school when he began working for the city of Laguna Niguel, California.
He is married to Katherine Taylor, whom he calls the "most beautiful thing in the world." The two have a 3-year-old labra-shepard named Dexter - and a baby boy on the way.
He and Katherine moved to Weatherford in March.
He recently took a minute to visit with the Weatherford Star-Telegram about his goals for Weatherford athletics, his life, and more:
WST: What position did you play in hockey, and did you ever think of making a career out of the sport?
GT: I played center, and who doesn’t think of making a career out of the sport you love?
WST: Are you a LA Kings or Anaheim Ducks fan? Now that you’re here will you adapt to the Stars?
GT: KINGS fan.
WST: Your thoughts on the Weatherford/Fort Worth area so far?
GT: Very quaint and homey feeling.
WST: As athletics manager you are in charge of all sports involving the city, right? What does that encompass?
GT: It involves any organization or team that uses our facilities / fields.
WST: What are your goals for the Weatherford sports and recreation program?
GT: Goals would for the city of Weatherford to try and fit as many activities we can with the amenities we have to offer.
WST: Is there a difference between sports and recreation?
GT: To me, anything can be a "sport," and to do them recreationally just means to be out there doing what you love to do. We try and accommodate anyone and everyone, whether it be a leisure softball league to scuba diving classes in the pool. Our goal is to make life more fun, and we do that through our parks.
WST: Are there any sports you’d like to see added to the Weatherford curriculum? Any you’d like to strengthen or do away with?
GT: I’m a water sports guy. I’d like to see more water sports, along with fishing, boating, etc. And, as for doing away with any, I like to consider myself a stepping stone to what people want out of their parks and rec dept, so no I wouldn’t want to do away with any.
WST: Some cities are having problems with teams wanting to slip questionable (even offensive) names in. More and more cities are taking a stand against this. Your thoughts?
GT: We focus on every event being a family oriented atmosphere, and if questionable, it’s probably questionable for a reason - and not acceptable to an extent.
WST: What is the best thing a city like Weatherford can offer its citizens in the recreation/sports realm?
GT: We have beautiful parks, and our director, Shannon Goodman, is improving them every day. Heritage Park and Holland Lake, among others, are some perfect examples of how we strive for our parks and facilities to be.