Decades ago, Kim Davis was a scoring centre for the Flin Flon Bombers, the hometown boy for a high-powered team. After years leading a league the Bombers used to play in, Davis is stepping down from his post as commissioner for the Manitoba Junior Hockey League.
Davis will step down from the job in June after eighteen seasons as the top authority for Manitoba’s junior A hockey league, starting the job in 2002.
“It’s an exciting time for me personally. As I think back on the many years I’ve been in this role, obviously lots of memories come back to me,” Davis said in a press conference Jan. 29.
Born in Flin Flon, Davis played three seasons with the Bombers, then playing in the WCHL.
After leaving the Bombers in 1977, Davis had a five-year professional career, suiting up for 36 NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs. After hanging up his skates in 1982, Davis hit the books, enrolling at the University of Manitoba and completing a bachelor’s of commerce degree. He would work in retail banking, food service and in provincial lotteries before joining the league’s front office.
As commissioner, Davis has presided over more than 6,000 MJHL regular season games. Recently, Davis was one of the driving forces behind the SJHL-MJHL Showcase, a dual-league event in Regina providing a chance for talent from both provinces to play in front of scouts and college representatives.
Davis will be replaced by Kevin Saurette, the current director of operations for the league.