Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mal Davis
Mal Davis did not have a long NHL career, but having played in 100 career games, he achieved a dream of most young Canadian boys. Growing up in Nova Scotia, Davis was always the star player on his team. It was apparent he would have the ability to go far, and even he was surprised that it eventually led to playing time in the NHL.

He got his first taste of professional hockey playing for the Kansas City Red Wings of the Central Hockey League. In 71 games he scored an impressive 42 goals and 24 assists for 66 points. That production garnered notice from the big club in Detroit. Soon thereafter, Davis was called up to the Motor City where he played in six games.

He spent the next two seasons with Detroit's AHL affiliate in Adirondack where he amassed 34 and 23 goal seasons, respectively. Again he was called up to the NHL club, and in five games found the back of the net twice.

In 1981 he signed as a free agent with the Buffalo Sabres. The next two years were spent with the Rochester Americans of the AHL. In 1982-83, he scored 43 goals and 32 assists for 75 points in 57 games before being called up to play for the Sabres. In 24 games, he managed eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points.

Playing at the elite level obviously helped Davis because the following year he posted his best-ever numbers, scoring 55 goals and 48 assists for 103 points with the Rochester club. Once again the Sabres called him up for eleven games.

In 1984-85, Davis played in 47 NHL games, the most of any season. He responded by scoring 17 goals and nine assists for 26 points. In total, Mal Davis played in 100 NHL games, scoring 31 goals and 21 assists for 53 points.

Davis played in the Finnish Elite league for several years before retiring from professional hockey after the 1990-91 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Amherst Ramblers NYJHL
1975-76 St. Mary's Huskies AUAA 20 11 7 18 21
1976-77 St. Mary's Huskies AUAA 20 16 5 21 2
1977-78 St. Mary's Huskies AUAA 20 23 13 36 8
1978-79 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 0 0 0 -2
1978-79 Kansas City Red Wings CHL 71 42 24 66 29 4 2 0 2 4
1979-80 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 79 34 31 65 45 5 2 2 4 19
1980-81 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 2 0 2 0 +5
1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 58 23 12 35 48 17 6 4 10 9
1981-82 Rochester Americans AHL 75 32 33 65 14 9 2 3 5 2
1982-83 Buffalo Sabres NHL 24 8 12 20 0 -6 6 1 0 1 0
1982-83 Rochester Americans AHL 57 43 32 75 15
1983-84 Buffalo Sabres NHL 11 2 1 3 4 -1 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Rochester Americans AHL 71 55 48 103 53 15 6 9 15 33
1984-85 Buffalo Sabres NHL 47 17 9 26 26 +1
1984-85 Rochester Americans AHL 6 4 4 8 14
1985-86 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 2 0 2 4 -1
1985-86 Rochester Americans AHL 38 21 15 36 23
1986-87 TPS Turku Finland 39 24 15 39 93 5 3 0 3 13
1986-87 Canada Nat-Tm 3 1 3 4 2
1987-88 TPS Turku Finland 44 32 12 44 68
1988-89 TPS Turku Finland 34 21 15 36 31 10 9 3 12 4
1988-89 Canada Nat-Tm 3 1 3 4 2
1989-90 TPS Turku Finland 38 27 11 38 44 8 7 0 7 4
1990-91 TPS Turku Finland 29 11 6 17 32
1991-92 EHC Essen-West German-2 18 19 7 26 43 4 6 3 9 4
NHL Totals 100 31 22 53 34 7 1 0 1 0


CHL First All-Star Team (1979)
AHL First All-Star Team (1984)
Les Cunningham Award (MVP - AHL) (1984) (co-winner - Garry Lariviere) XNON>
Signed as a free agent by Detroit, October 12, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, September 2, 1981. Claimed by Los Angeles from Buffalo in Waiver Draft, October 6, 1986.