The 67's have had a few curves thrown at them, what with their move to Scotiabank Place and injuries up front. But the most pleasant one is how a free-agent signing from New Jersey (by way of a Junior B team in Buffalo) has become a robust rookie rearguard. Then again, that's not exactly what Davis' loving family would have expected when he came into the world 17 years old. No one from the defenceman's family had ever played hockey.
"I actually was three years old and saw it on TV and said, 'Mommy, I want to do that,' " recalls Davis, who is listed at a sturdy 6-foot-2 and 208 pounds. "She [Deborah Davis, his mother] said, 'All right, next year I'll take you to the rink.
"No one in my family played. My mom's brother was drafted to the Atlanta Braves. He went on to be a doctor. We were always an athletic family more into football, basketball, baseball.
"I tried so many sports. My uncle wanted me to try baseball. I tried baseball. It was just like watching paint dry, being in the dugout so long. I tried football, didn't really like it, so hot outside. I liked basketball, but came in conflict with hockey, so I picked hockey."Read More »from Ottawa 67′s Taylor Davis proving to be a free-agent find