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Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
205 lb (93 kg)
Teams New York Rangers (NHL)
Springfield Indians (AHL)
New Haven Nighthawks (AHL)
St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Denver Spurs (CHL)
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born February 27 1953 (1953-02-27) (age 56),
Ottawa, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 5th overall, 1973
St. Louis Blues
Pro Career 1973 – 1983


John Davidson (born February 27, 1953 in Ottawa, ON, Canada), is the president of hockey operations of the St. Louis Blues and a former goaltender for the St. Louis Blues (1973–75) and New York Rangers (1975–83) of the National Hockey League. He is also well-known as a long-time hockey broadcaster. On June 4, 2009, it was announced that Davidson would be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame and was the 2009 winner of the Foster Hewitt Award for his contributions to broadcasting.

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Biography

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Playing career

Growing up in western Canada, played his minor hockey in Calgary, Alberta, Drafted fifth overall in 1973, he became the first goalie in NHL history to jump directly from major junior to the NHL. While his hockey career was fraught with many significant injuries, he is perhaps best remembered (as a player) for leading the Rangers to the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals on an injured left knee. His jersey numbers were 35, 00 and 30.

Broadcasting career

After retiring due to injury, he joined the MSG Network's hockey coverage staff in 1983, and was the color commentator for Rangers games from 1986–87 to 2005–06. Davidson, often known by the nickname "J.D.", has become one of the most prominent color commentary in sports, and his hockey insight is so well respected that he currently sits on the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee. Long-time network TV partner Mike Emrick also sits on that committee, and the two shared the 2004 Lester Patrick Trophy for service to hockey in the U.S.

Davidson (like his former MSG Network booth-mates Sam Rosen and Al Trautwig) has also contributed to NHL coverage on various national television networks (including CBC, FOX, ABC, ESPN, NBC and Versus when it was the American version of the Outdoor Life Network (OLN)). .

President of Hockey Operations for the St. Louis Blues

Davidson was named President of Hockey Operations for the Blues on June 30, 2006. He has committed to building a strong American base for the proud franchise.

Achievements

Playing

Broadcasting

  • CableACE - "Outstanding Live Event Coverage" (1994)
  • New York Emmy - "Outstanding On-Camera Achievement" (1995, 2001)
  • Lester Patrick Trophy - "Contribution to American hockey" (2004)

Career statistics

   
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
1969–70 Calgary Centennials WCHL 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0.00
1970–71 Lethbridge Sugar Kings AJHL 46 3760 142 3 3.09
1971–72 Calgary Centennials WCHL 66 3970 157 8 2.37
1971–72 Edmonton Oil Kings WCHL 2 0 2 0 118 9 0 4.58
1972–73 Calgary Centennials WCHL 63 3735 201 2 3.30
1973–74 St. Louis Blues NHL 39 13 19 7 2300 118 0 3.08
1974–75 St. Louis Blues NHL 40 17 15 7 2360 144 0 3.66
1974–75 Denver Spurs CHL 7 4 2 1 420 27 0 3.86
1975–76 New York Rangers NHL 56 22 28 5 3207 212 3 3.97
1976–77 New York Rangers NHL 39 14 14 6 2116 125 1 3.54
1976–77 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 2 119 5 0 2.52
1977–78 New York Rangers NHL 34 14 13 4 1848 98 1 3.18
1978–79 New York Rangers NHL 39 20 12 5 2232 131 0 3.52
1979–80 New York Rangers NHL 41 20 15 4 2306 122 2 3.17
1979–80 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 4 1 3 0 238 16 0 4.02
1980–81 New York Rangers NHL 10 1 7 1 560 48 0 5.14
1981–82 New York Rangers NHL 1 1 0 0 60 1 0 1.00
1982-83 Springfield Indians AHL 8 3 4 0 437 24 0 3.30
1982–83 New York Rangers NHL 2 1 1 0 120 5 0 2.50
NHL totals 301 123 124 39 17109 1004 7 3.52
Minor league totals 199 11800 581 13 2.95

External links

  • JD's official bio
  • John Davidson has become his sport's top broadcaster, in part by outworking everybody else
  • John Davidson's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database

This article uses material from the "John Davidson" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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