The purpose of North Shore Hockey Development Academy (NSHDA) is to provide a training ground for elite hockey players to master their craft. NSHDA is derived from the recognition that to build high-level athletes it takes quality repetitions and advanced

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Ryan Taylor is one of the most widely respected coaches in the hockey community with over 20 years of experience in developing players of all ages from all over North America. 


Currently, Ryan Taylor is the General Manager of Hockey Operations at the Falcons Hockey Program in Highland Park, Illinois. Taylor also head coaches the Squirt Central States team which recently finished 3rd Nationally on My Hockey Rankings.  In 2019, Ryan Taylor was awarded Illinois Youth Hockey Coach of the Year by AHAI.


Prior to joining the Falcons and starting up NSHDA, Ryan Taylor was the Hockey Director/Coach of Chicago Young Americans for seven years. From there, he went on to become Director of Bauer Selects and Assistant Hockey Director/Coach at Chicago Mission for four years.  

Originally from Burlington, Ontario, Canada, Ryan grew up playing for the Burlington City Reps, AAA Hockey Organization. After Bantam Major, Ryan made the jump to the Ontario Juniors Hockey League (OJHL) where he played for the Burlington Cougars for two seasons. Ryan played his collegiate hockey at Lake Forest College in Illinois and was coached by Tony Fritz. He shined and was named Captain for two years and earned the “Peter G. Taylor Award” in 1997-98. This award is for the most outstanding talent, leadership and love for the game to which best exemplifies the qualities of the player for whom it is named. 

Ryan currently lives in Lake Forest, IL, is happily married to his wife Kimmy, and have five beautiful young children that all love and play hockey.