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San Diego Gulls Win 2003 Taylor Cup

May 12, 2003 - West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) News Release

ONTARIO, Calif.- The West Coast Hockey League's Taylor Cup Finals climaxed last night in an intense Game 7 pitting the San Diego Gulls against the Fresno Falcons for the 2003 Taylor Cup. With a 3-1 victory, the Gulls earned the right to hoist the Taylor Cup for the fifth time in eight WCHL seasons.

Bruce Taylor, WCHL founding father and namesake of the of the league's grand prize, was on-hand to present the Taylor Cup to the San Diego Gulls.

San Diego's veteran forward Mark Pederson was named Playoff MVP for his league-leading 16 points (6g, 10a) in the post-season. Head-to-head with Fresno, Pederson tallied three goals and six assists in the Finals.

Fresno stormed the Sports Arena on May 10 and seized a 6-3 Game 6 victory to force the decisive Game 7. Jason Weaver recorded a natural hat trick, the only hat trick of the 2003 Taylor Cup Playoffs, while Glen Gulutzan notched two assists for a total of 15 points in the playoffs, second-best in the WCHL.

With last night's ceremonies, the final page of the WCHL's eight-year history was written. All six of the league's teams plus the expansion Las Vegas Wranglers will join the East Coast Hockey League in 2003-04. The new name of the 32-team league is yet to be announced.

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