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This is the sixth in a series of articles that will introduce you to the new members of the Vancouver Nighthawks.

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Playing History

Taylor has played for five years, most recently with Team Canada Open Under-23.

Player Most Admired / Role Model

“I was introduced to the sport fairly late, picking up with Point Grey, my high school team, in grade 11. As a team, we would go watch Furious George games to cheer on our coach, Nick Menzies. Watching Furious play, I was drawn to Morgan Hibbert’s style. Each of us being the tallest guy on the team, we have a specific role to play, so I tried to soak up as much knowledge from watching him in action as I could.”

“As you can imagine, I’m pumped to be playing for the Nighthawks this season alongside Morgan on the defensive line, especially with U-23 Worlds coming up this summer. I’m trying to gather as much knowledge as I can and put it to good use, both at Worlds and through the season with the Nighthawks.”

Most Influential Ultimate Coach

“I’ve been very fortunate as far as coaching goes in my ultimate career. I think each one played a crucial part for me in my upbringing in the sport, and it would be unfair to not mention them all.”

“[Former Nighthawk] Nick Menzies was my first ever coach, and without him there’s no way I would ever have loved the sport the way I do.”

“The second is a teammate on the Nighthawks, Jon Hayduk. Jon is responsible for the majority of my success. I owe my spot on the Canadian U-23 team to him, as his dedication to me achieving my potential is what drove me to become the player I am today.”

“Finally, Dan Byma and Patrick Mooney, my coaches for the U-19 Canadian men’s team, are one of the most dynamic coaching duos I’ve ever come across in any sport I’ve ever played. I learned more about the importance of hard work and sportsmanship from those two guys in one summer than all the time I have spent as an athlete.”

“Together, all of these guys made me the player I am today, and I try to pass on the knowledge I’ve taken from them to the kids that I coach now.”

How many of your 2015 Nighthawks teammates have you played on a team with before?

“I had a bad accident just after Worlds in 2012 and haven’t played since then, so I’ve been out of the ultimate community for quite some time, meaning I haven’t played with very many of the Nighthawks this season prior to being on this team. Jon Hayduk coached Anthony Phan and I when we played for Team BC, but that’s as far as it goes.”

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Playing History

Jeske has played for four years, most recently with Simon Fraser University.

Player Most Admired / Role Model

“The player that I have most admired and tried to model my game after is [former Nighthawk] Gagan Chatha. He has incredible athleticism and a work ethic that is unmatched. He has helped me a lot with my skills, as well as giving me a desire to push myself to be the best I can be.”

Most Influential Ultimate Coach

“The coach that I have learned the most from was Max Hunter, who coached me at SFU. He had a big influence on me becoming the player I am today.”

How many of your 2015 Nighthawks teammates have you played on a team with before?

“I have played with three of my current Nighthawks teammates in the past, namely Ari Nitikman, Mike LeRoss and Sam Creed.”

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Playing History

Hoy has played for seven years, most recently with Team Canada Open Under-23.

Player Most Admired / Role Model

“Making my way up through the sport, I looked up to Josh Tan. He’s known to be able to sky people left and right as well as throw the filthiest hammers at will. Those skills, along with a good looking mug, are why I admire the Tanman.”

Most Influential Ultimate Coach

“Einer Lim was my coach back in high school. He cemented the fundamentals into my game, and I wouldn’t be where I am without his tutelage. He also had a mohawk back in the day so everyone knew not to get on his bad side. I’m still hoping the mohawk returns one day because he’s never been the same without it.”

How many of your 2015 Nighthawks teammates have you played on a team with before?

“I’ve played with Alan Macfarlane, Jon Hayduk, Gyorgy Aponte, Taylor Nadon, Nick Lin, Phil Davidson, Sam Creed and Will Vu, eight in total.”

The Nighthawks’ home opener against the Portland Stags is an afternoon game, this coming Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Thunderbird Stadium.

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