May 1, 1980 |
St. Catharines, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils
HC Ocelari Trinec
EC Red Bull Salzburg
|NHL Draft||98th overall, 1998
San Jose Sharks
Robert W. Davison (born May 1, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former player. A defenceman, Davison played for the San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks, and New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently serving as assistant coach of Austrian team EC Red Bull Salzburg.
Davison began his junior career in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League, for the St. Michael's Buzzers in 1996-97. The following year, he joined the North Bay Centennials of the major junior Ontario Hockey League. After posting 11 points in 59 games, he was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the fourth round, 98th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Davison returned to North Bay for another two seasons before making his professional debut with the Sharks' minor league affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades of the American Hockey League in 2000–01.
In 2002–03, following the trade of defenceman Bryan Marchment, Davison was called up from Cleveland and made his NHL debut with the Sharks. In his third game, he scored his first NHL goal against Martin Gerber in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Davison finished the season with 3 points in 15 games with San Jose.
During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Davison played in the UK's Elite Ice Hockey League with the Cardiff Devils. He recorded 7 goals (second among team defencemen) and 15 points in 50 games as the Devils finished the season as Challenge Cup runners-up.
When NHL play resumed the following season, in 2005–06, Davison scored a career-high 6 points in 69 games. He remained with the Sharks until February 26, 2008, when he was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for a seventh round draft pick (Jason Demers) in 2008.
On March 18, 2008, in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Davison scored one of the longest goals in NHL history when a shorthanded clearing attempt from around his own goal line took several bounces along the ice before skipping over the glove of goalie and former Sharks teammate Vesa Toskala and into the net for the Islanders' lone tally in a 3–1 loss. The 174-foot shot was only Davison's third goal in 187 career games.
After one season with the Islanders, he was signed by the Vancouver Canucks to a one-year, $560,000 deal on July 10, 2008, as an unrestricted free agent. Davison was acquired by his former agent Mike Gillis, the newly appointed general manager of the Canucks.
After two seasons abroad in Europe with HC Oceláři Třinec and EC Red Bull Salzburg, Davison returned to the San Jose Sharks, his original draft team, on a one-year, two-way contract on July 7, 2013. Davison later spent time with the Sharks' AHL affiliate Worcester Sharks, and on December 31, 2013 against the Adirondack Phantoms, he played his 700th career professional game; 345 were in the AHL, 219 were in the NHL, and 136 were in Europe.
|1996–97||St. Michael's Buzzers||OPJHL||45||2||6||8||93||6||0||0||0||9|
|1997–98||North Bay Centennials||OHL||59||0||11||11||200||—||—||—||—||—|
|1998–99||North Bay Centennials||OHL||59||2||17||19||150||4||0||1||1||12|
|1999–00||North Bay Centennials||OHL||67||4||6||10||194||6||0||1||1||8|
|2002–03||San Jose Sharks||NHL||15||1||2||3||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||San Jose Sharks||NHL||55||0||3||3||92||5||0||2||2||4|
|2005–06||San Jose Sharks||NHL||69||1||5||6||76||1||0||0||0||0|
|2006–07||San Jose Sharks||NHL||22||0||2||2||27||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||San Jose Sharks||NHL||15||0||0||0||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|2007–08||New York Islanders||NHL||19||1||1||2||32||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||HC Oceláři Třinec||CZE||19||1||2||3||12||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||EC Red Bull Salzburg||EBEL||14||0||4||4||35||3||0||1||1||14|
|2012–13||EC Red Bull Salzburg||EBEL||53||3||6||9||54||8||0||1||1||24|
Awards and achievements
- North Bay Centennials Defensive Player of the Year - 2000
- North Bay Centennials Scholastic Player of the Year - 2000
- European Trophy Champion 2011 (Captain)
- "San Jose vs. Anaheim". USA Today. 2003-03-13. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
- "2004–05 Cardiff Devils [EIHL]". hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
- "Maple Leafs defeat Islanders". National Hockey League. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "Late rall lifts Maple Leafs over Islanders". CBC. 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "Canucks sign Demitra to 2-year, $8-million deal". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-09-12.
- Ballou, Bill (2013-12-31). "Worcester Sharks lose Freddie Hamilton to San Jose". Telegram & Gazette. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "Red Bulls begin training" (in German). EC Red Bull Salzburg. 2014-07-26. Retrieved 2014-07-26.