2022 Honouree – Builder, Hockey
Rod Davidson was born in Inverness, Nova Scotia in 1947, but has called Brantford home since his family moved here in 1951. He developed a deep love for hockey at a young age and started out by playing on outdoor ice rinks. He went on to play Junior Hockey with the Paris Mounties and later played Senior Hockey on various teams in Ontario. He was also very influential in the start-up and success of the Oldtimers Hockey League, and has organized and played in tournaments around the world.
Davidson’s professional hockey career began in 1992 when he was asked to watch players during tryouts for the Brantford Smoke of the Colonial Hockey League. What was to be a short term assignment turned into the role of Assistant Coach and Director of Player Personnel for their 1992-1993 season; his first major achievement in the sport as the team went on to win the Colonial Cup that year.
From there, Davidson quickly shifted his career focus towards professional hockey and never looked back. His roles varied and include the following:
Davidson’s career highlights include:
Over his long career, he has also mentored countless young, aspiring hockey players, providing them with free advice and acting as an Agent on their behalf. No matter the time of year, Rod Davidson will undoubtedly have at least one phone conversation a day centered on hockey with one of the connections he has made over his long and distinguished career and is fondly remembered by many friends in the communities he’s worked in as “Coach Rod.”
You can view these artefacts on display at the Brantford and Area Sports Hall of Recognition.