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Taylor taking over Milwaukee bench

The Nashville Predators announced Friday that Karl Taylor has been hired as head coach of the Predators’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals.

Taylor, a 47-year-old native of North Bay, Ont., comes to Milwaukee after spending four seasons with the AHL’s Texas Stars as an assistant coach. He is the 21st head coach in Admirals franchise history and takes over for Dean Evason, who took an assistant coaching position with the Minnesota Wild earlier this month.

In Texas, Taylor’s teams went a combined 152-108-30-14 and made the playoffs in three of his four seasons, including a trip to the Calder Cup Finals in 2018.

Prior to joining the Stars, Taylor spent one season as an assistant coach for the Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks in 2013-14, where they finished second in the WHL’s regular-season standings and reached the league finals.

Taylor was an assistant with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves in 2011-12 after six seasons as a head coach in the ECHL with Reading (2005-08) and Ontario (2008-11).