The Toronto Marlies announced today the hiring of Rob Davison as the club’s new assistant coach.
Davison joins the Maple Leafs organization with over 500 games of playing experience between the National and American Hockey Leagues. Drafted 98th overall, in the fourth round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks, Davison played five seasons with the Sharks and later suited up for the New York Islanders, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. The St. Catherines, Ontario native registered 18 points (3 goals, 15 assists) and 321 penalty minutes in 219 NHL games. In 310 career AHL games, Davison collected 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists), 560 penalty minutes and was named captain of the Worcester Sharks during the 2013-14 AHL season. Davison also played two seasons in Europe with HC Ocelari Trinec (CZE) and EC Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL).
Following his playing career, Davison transitioned into coaching. During the 2014-15 season, Davison returned to the Austrian Hockey League and joined EC Salzburg as an assistant coach where he won back-to-back Austrian Championships. Last season, Davison joined the coaching staff of HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) and helped lead the club to a third-place finish and a KHL Garagin Cup playoff birth.