For this week’s segment, we feature Duluth Denfeld’s assist leader whose love for hockey runs deep in his family.
DULUTH, Minn. — Duluth Denfeld main hitter Simon Davidson may be the team’s biggest personality, but he always knows when to flip a switch.
“Obviously you want to win games and stuff and be a leader on this team, you don’t want to change who you are off the ice and stuff. So the most important thing for me is always to move these guys forward, to be this big personality on the bench, but when it comes time to play, that’s business,” Davidson said.
“Simon is, he’s just kind of an enigma. I think our team kind of feeds off Simon’s courage when he competes at his highest level, that’s when our team really starts to roll. His mates threesome are getting into it and it’s kind of contagious through our lineup. He’s the one talking, he’s the loud one, he’s the one having fun in the locker room, but it all comes down to his love of competition and the game,” added head coach Dale Jago.
Davidson was a little late to start playing, but the hockey was still there. His father Lee played in the NHL, coached at North Dakota and UMD, and was inducted into the North Dakota Athletics Hall of Fame.
“We were on the ice last year, passing with him and everything. You could just see glimpses of his past and it’s really cool to see that. He was such a talented and skillful player,” Davidson said of his father.
Instead of feeling the pressure to live up to his father, Davidson used his presence to his advantage.
“He’s helping me, telling me here’s what you did in that game and he’s very honest, he’ll tell me you had a bad game today, you had a great game today and I think that’s the dynamic we have. He’s probably one of my best friends, so it’s great to have him around,” Davidson said.
Which has helped Davidson develop his game more, including being more of a passer this year, as he currently leads the Hunters in assists.
“It’s a big trust thing, I would trust those guys with my life. If I’m going to trust them with my life, I’m going to trust them with the puck and they keep putting it in so it’s easy,” Davidson said.
“Simon reads the game very well, but it doesn’t matter who he plays with, if it’s the McClure boys, it’s very high level, high intelligence offensive hockey. If he’s distributing the puck, causing turnovers and finding guys, that’s probably where he’s at his best,” added Jago.
Davidson also hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps by playing college hockey, while creating his own legacy.
“Just yesterday they were in grade 10 and now they are four months away from graduating. It’s kind of sad that we only spent a few years with them, but it’s fun, they helped put Denfeld back on the map,” Jago said.
“I used to tell my parents I wanted to play college hockey and they were like yeah… now he’s really helped me tell me if you want to do it, you can. Just keep playing and those opportunities will keep coming and that’s his greatest thing. Don’t focus on what happened, just keep playing and it will keep coming,” Davidson added.