The 2008-09 Spruce Kings captain and four year alumni, Zach Davies was recently featured on Inside College Hockey's A-Z featuring highlighting players from throughout the NCAA. Davies is getting set to start his sophomore season with the Quinnipiac Bobcats men's ice hockey team. With his roots firmly planted in this area of the continent, Davies has found himself a new home on the eastern seaboard.
What follows are some excerpts from both the Quinnipiac Bobcats website and the original article from Inside College Hockey.
Davies completed his first year at Quinnipiac in 2009-10 with two goals and 12 assists, while being whistled for just seven penalties across 40 games played. Davies also played his way onto the Bobcats power play after establishing himself as one of the Bobcats top four defenseman. Davies scored his first points of his career against Robert Morris with a goal and two assists against the Colonials. Davies also scored against No.5 Cornell in a 3-2 win at Lynah Rink before tallying a career-best two assists against American International. In last season's ECAC Hockey Tournament, Davies had three assists in six postseason games.
By Joe Gladziszewski
Quinnipiac Bobcats, So. | D |
Smithers, British Columbia
Key Statistics: Davies appeared in all 40 of Quinnipiac’s game as a freshman blueliner and contributed two goals and 12 assists for 14 points. He was only whistled for seven minor penalties all season.
Davies had a very solid freshman campaign at Quinnipiac and was one of the Bobcats top-four defensemen throughout the season. He made a commitment from the beginning of the year to learn how to play well defensively, make good decisions and make good outlet passes that started the transition.
Davies excelled at both ends of the ice and avoided many of the stretches of inconsistency that usually plague newcomers to college hockey. With that performance came more responsibility; he played in all situations and even played on Quinnipiac's 5-on-3 power play unit late in the season. Even when he didn't have his best night, Davies still found ways to contribute to the team in positive ways.
Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold on Davies' future: "I think that eventually as he starts to blossom he'll contribute even more offensively as he gains confidence and maturity."