Just the Facts
Name: Kevin Davis
Hometown: Kamloops, British Columbia
Birthdate: March 14, 1997
Weight: 155 lbs.
With their first-round selection in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft on May 3, the Silvertips used the 11th overall pick to take defenseman Kevin Davis of Kamloops, BC. Silvertips Head Scout Bil La Forge describes Davis as “a solid all-around defenseman who can play the powerplay, the penalty kill and eat up a ton of minutes. He skates and moves the puck very well, and his game sense is off the charts.” An alternate captain for the Kamloops Jardine Bantam Blazers last season, Davis scored 15 goals and added 31 assists for a total of 46 points in 49 games. He was also named an All-Star at the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament after scoring three goals and totaling four points in five games.
Silvertips broadcaster Travis Huntington recently caught up with Davis for some introductory Q & A.
Travis Huntington: Kevin, talk a little bit about your expectations going into the WHL Bantam Draft. Did you know the Silvertips were interested in you?
Kevin Davis: It was definitely a day that I had been looking forward to. I had talked to about 20 different teams, including the Silvertips, before the draft. I was just hoping I would get drafted by any team honestly; I didn’t really care who took me. I was hoping to go late in the first round or in the second round.
TH: So then what was it like being selected 11th overall by Everett?
KD: It was so awesome. I can’t describe the feeling. I was watching the draft on the WHL website and couldn’t believe it at first. My brother and mom were with me, and we were all pretty thrilled. The first thing I did was go check out the Silvertips’ website and start looking at their roster.
TH: Growing up in WHL country in Kamloops, BC, how often did you go to Blazers’ games? And has it always been a goal of yours to play in “The Dub”?
KD: Yeah, I would say it has been a goal of mine. I remember watching the Blazers when I was young and thinking that the players were just so good. We went to quite a few games, and it was always good to watch and learn to see how the game is played in the WHL. I especially remember watching Reid Jorgensen because he was the captain, and Keaton Ellerby was probably my favorite defenseman.
TH: What kind of defenseman are you, and what do you consider to be the strengths to your game?
KD: I consider myself more of an offensive defenseman, but I like to think I can shut down some pretty good forwards as well. I think I have a good first pass to a winger or centerman, and I feel like I read the ice pretty well also. I try to be a solid two-way defenseman and always want to be a plus player; even more so if I’m playing against a good team.
TH: How did this past season go for your bantam team in Kamloops?
KD: I thought it was a fun and good year. We didn’t start off so well, but kept getting better as the season went along. We ended up winning our OMAHA (Okanagan Mainline Amateur Hockey Association) playoffs and then hosted the provincial championships as well.
TH: Is there an NHL defenseman you like to watch and maybe to model your game after?
KD: I really like Alex Pietrangelo from the St. Louis Blues. He’s 6’3”, plays lots of minutes, can shut down top forwards and still has an offensive side to his game. I also really enjoying watch Erik Karlsson from Ottawa. He had a really good year.
TH: Do you have a favorite NHL team? The Canucks maybe, being from BC?
KD: My favorite team is actually the Boston Bruins. I like the Canucks too, but my Dad always really liked Gerry Cheevers and Bobby Orr, so I guess I just ended up cheering for the Bruins.
TH: What are you most looking forward to about playing in the WHL someday?
KD: Everything really: being in the locker room with the guys, playing and just the lifestyle in general. It’s such a good league with so many good players getting drafted to the NHL and really good coaches to learn from as well. I just can’t wait.
TH: What are some short-term and longer-term goals of yours personally?
KD: Short term I want to get a lot bigger and stronger by next summer, before my 16-year-old year. I know that will help me have a much better chance of possibly making the Silvertips. Long term I would say getting drafted, winning a Memorial Cup, and maybe a Stanley Cup someday.
TH: The Silvertips have produced some highly regarded NHL prospects on defense in recent years like Radko Gudas, Ryan Murray and Nick Walters. Is it exciting for you to try and follow that tradition in Everett?
KD: Yeah, I’ve been looking up some of the past guys from the Silvertips. It would be really special to try and follow in the footsteps of someone like Ryan Murray and to get drafted in the NHL, but that will be pretty hard to do. Obviously I’m hoping I can make the team as a 16-year-old, but right now I’ll just try to take it day by day and focus on the spring camp coming up.
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