Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen

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Eighteen years old and still in high school, Taylor got his start with the Free Press on June 1, 2011.

Well, sort of.

When Taylor sat down in his Grade 12 English class at Maples Collegiate that day (the same class he’d skipped previous day to go downtown and celebrate the announcement of the NHL returning to Winnipeg), his teacher, Ms. Wilson, placed the front page of the Free Press’ sports section on his desk without saying a word.

Taylor looked down, and to his surprise, saw a gigantic picture of himself (proudly wearing a throwback Teemu Selanne Jets jersey) and his buddies (who had also skipped out on class) celebrating the big announcement at Portage and Main.

Fast forward six years — almost to the exact day — Taylor would wind up in the Free Press again. Luckily for readers, it wasn’t a picture of his face this time.

After winning the Vince Leah sports internship, Taylor had his first story appear in the Free Press on May 31, 2017. Taylor was brought back as the sports intern again in the summer of 2018, shortly after completing the joint Communications Degree/Diploma program between the University of Winnipeg and Red River College.

During his intern days, Taylor covered a wide range of things, including the 2017 Canada Summer Games, the Goldeyes, Bombers, and Bisons football. He also did a weekly series called Hall Call where he would write a story and conduct a podcast interview with different members of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. His guests included Cindy Klassen, Todd MacCulloch, Ulf Nilsson, Joe Poplawski, Corey Koskie, and many more notable names.

When Taylor’s 2018 internship ended, he spent a couple months out of the game, where he did some travelling and worked a marketing job, before a spot opened up in the sports department. He officially joined the Free Press team full-time in February 2019, which he considered to be a dream come true.

When he’s not running around the city to different sporting events, you can likely find Taylor arguing with his friends over fantasy football, planning his next solo backpacking adventure, trying to find the best burger in the city, or playing Spikeball.

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Wesmen’s Laube a killer at the net

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Wesmen’s Laube a killer at the net

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Entering the record books is a special feeling.

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Yesterday at 7:05 PM CST

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University of Winnipeg Wesmen Ashleigh Laube needs 15 kills Saturday against the U of M to reach 1,000 for her Canada West career.

Wesmen triumph over Bisons

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Wesmen triumph over Bisons

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

It’s been a decade since the Winnipeg Wesmen and Manitoba Bisons women’s volleyball teams both finished a season with winning records.

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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

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U of M Bisons’ Eve Catojo dives for the ball Thursday night in Canada West volleyball action against the U of W Wesmen.

Team Wiebe confident of chances at men’s provincial curling championship

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Team Wiebe confident of chances at men’s provincial curling championship

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

Ryan Wiebe has learned there are some perks to having a hockey historian such as Ty Dilello on your team.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023

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Ryan Wiebe (right) and Ty Dilello of the Fort Rouge Curling Club

Four Manitoba teams to compete at Scotties

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Four Manitoba teams to compete at Scotties

Taylor Allen 1 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

The field is set for the 2023 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kamloops, B.C.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Kerri Einarson will represent Canada at the Scotties. (Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press files)

Voice of the Goldeyes moving to job in Mets organization

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Voice of the Goldeyes moving to job in Mets organization

Taylor Allen 6 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

Growing up in Levittown, N.Y., there was only one thing Steve Schuster knew about Winnipeg: it was where the Jets and Teemu Selanne played.

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Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023

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After nine seasons doing play-by-play for the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Steve Schuster has accepted a minor-league analyst role with the New York Mets.

Team Manitoba with a taste of the Maritimes

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Team Manitoba with a taste of the Maritimes

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Lauren Lenentine couldn’t wait to pick up the phone this past off-season to tell her family back home in Charlottetown, P.E.I., that Jennifer Jones, someone she grew up watching and idolizing, was now her teammate.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

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Third Karlee Burgess of Team Jones delivers a shot at the Manitoba Scotties Tournament Hearts.

Hull the hockey player remembered fondly by former teammates

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Hull the hockey player remembered fondly by former teammates

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

There’s a lot of different things that Bobby Hull will be remembered for.

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Monday, Jan. 30, 2023

Bobby Hull (left) with his Hot Line mates Anders Hedberg (centre) and Ulf Nilsson.

Bisons have their eyes on the prize

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Bisons have their eyes on the prize

Taylor Allen 3 minute read Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

The Manitoba Bisons men’s indoor track and field team captured the Canada West conference title last season, but this year, they’re aiming even higher.

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Friday, Jan. 27, 2023

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Tristan Allen (above) has the best 600-metres time in Canada West this season and his teammate Dawson Mann isn’t far behind.

McEwen finding his form at right time

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McEwen finding his form at right time

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Mike McEwen’s first season curling out of Ontario hasn’t gone smoothly and he’s not afraid to admit it.

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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

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Mike McEwen at the Ontario men’s championship

U of M’s Davis fills net on way to gold at World University Games

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U of M’s Davis fills net on way to gold at World University Games

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

Brett Davis and the Canadian men’s hockey team were determined to hear their country’s national anthem at the end of the 2023 World University Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.

They ended up earning that right as they defeated the United States 7-2 on Sunday in front of a packed house inside the Herb Brooks Arena to win gold in the finale of the 11-day event.

It was the first time since 2013 that Canada had finished on top of the podium in men’s hockey.

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Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023

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U of M Bisons forward Brett Davis was part of the Team Canada men’s hockey team that ran the table at the 2023 World University Games, beating USA 7-2 in the final in Lake Placid, N.Y., last weekend.

Ultra-competitive Scotties on tap

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Ultra-competitive Scotties on tap

Taylor Allen 6 minute read Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

You couldn’t ask for a better Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts than this week’s event.

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Monday, Jan. 23, 2023

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Abby Ackland’s team is seeded No.3 heading into the Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

Assiniboine’s Peterson team to watch at Manitoba Scotties

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Assiniboine’s Peterson team to watch at Manitoba Scotties

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

It’s easy to get caught up with the names at the top of the list for next week’s Manitoba Scotties Tournament of Hearts.

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Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

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Beth Peterson.

Winnipegger signs to play soccer in Sweden’s top league

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Winnipegger signs to play soccer in Sweden’s top league

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

Manitoba’s best male soccer player has taken his talents to Europe.

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Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023

After dominating the CPL for four seasons, Winnipegger Marco Bustos is taking his talents to Sweden’s first division with IFK Värnamo. (Supplied)

Gauthier making his mark on west coast pebble

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Gauthier making his mark on west coast pebble

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

A day before clinching a spot at this year’s Brier, Jacques Gauthier was at a hospital hooked up to an IV.

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2023

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Jacques Gauthier was so sick Saturday he was in the hospital with an IV while his teammates played the 1 vs. 2 game at the B.C. Men’s Provincial Curling championship in Chilliwack.

Hardrick’s return to Bombers never in doubt

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Hardrick’s return to Bombers never in doubt

Taylor Allen 3 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers value continuity and their offensive line proves it.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

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The Blue Bombers have signed offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick to a one-year contract extension.

Manitoba Open roars into action

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Manitoba Open roars into action

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

The return of the Manitoba Open is a massive deal to curling clubs across the city.

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Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

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Curlers take part in the opening day of the Manitoba Open Thursday at The Granite Curling Club.

Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame names class of 2023

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Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame names class of 2023

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

The weight of the world was on Ray Orr’s final rock.

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Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023

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Ray Orr of Minnedosa throws a rock during the Provincial Masters Men’s Curling Final against Bob Turner’s rink from Thistle at the Minnedosa Curling Club in 2009.

Bombers coaching staff to remain unchanged for 2023 campaign

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Bombers coaching staff to remain unchanged for 2023 campaign

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

All signs point to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers heading into 2023 with the exact same coaching staff from last season.

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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

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Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea: They’re good guys

Bombers GM looks to tie up loose ends as free agency looms

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Bombers GM looks to tie up loose ends as free agency looms

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have lost an intriguing young prospect to the NFL.

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Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers General Manager Kyle Walters expects several signings will be announced within the next week and a half.

Skip marks half-century in bonspiel

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Skip marks half-century in bonspiel

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

No one will ever touch Howard “Pappy” Wood’s record.

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Monday, Jan. 9, 2023

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This will be the 50th consecutive Manitoba Open that Merv Satterthwaite has participated in.

Bombers, Jets have protocols in place in the event of medical emergencies

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Bombers, Jets have protocols in place in the event of medical emergencies

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

Anyone playing a contact sport was likely shaken by the crushing collision involving Damar Hamlin on Monday night that left the Buffalo Bills safety fighting for his life.

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Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

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Montreal Canadiens player Jake Evans is stretchered off the ice at the end of a 2021 playoff game against the Jets in Winnipeg.

Bryant still motivated to prove he’s the best

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Bryant still motivated to prove he’s the best

Taylor Allen 4 minute read Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

An argument could be made that Stanley Bryant is the greatest offensive lineman in CFL history.

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Friday, Jan. 6, 2023

MIKAELA MACKENZIE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Star left tackle Stanley Bryant re-signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Thursday on a one-year contract extension.

Jets’ injury woes coming to an end as four regulars ready to return

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Jets’ injury woes coming to an end as four regulars ready to return

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

The Winnipeg Jets have not one, but four players potentially returning from injury for Friday night’s tilt with the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023

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Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers, who hasn’t played since the second game of the season, smiles at Thursday’s practice.

Team Carey focused on the positives

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Team Carey focused on the positives

Taylor Allen 5 minute read Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023

Chelsea Carey was a favourite the last time she played for Manitoba’s provincial curling crown.

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Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023

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It has been nine years since Chelsea Carey represented Manitoba at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.