CALGARY, Alta. – The Canadian Junior Hockey League announced Tuesday the appointment of Kim Davis as a Life Member to its organization in recognition of his considerable contributions over these many years to Jr. A hockey.
The outgoing commissioner of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League has served at the helm of the MJHL during the past 18 seasons.
He also spent a number of years as part of the CJHL’s Executive Committee.
Davis becomes the seventh individual in CJHL history to earn the honour, joining John Grisdale, Ron Boileau, Joe Drago, Frank McKinnon, Wayne Kartush and Marty Knack on this distinguished list of honoured Life Members.
Under his watch, which began in June of 2002, the MJHL saw over 6,000 regular season contests held, along with 700-plus playoff match-ups competed in and over 200 regional or national championship games having been played.
He also played a pivotal role in the MJHL’s overall success, both on and off the ice, during his tenure.
“The CJHL is grateful for Kim’s many years of service, as a member of our Board and is truly deserving of joining the CJHL’s distinguished group of Life Members,” offered league president Brent Ladds.
“His dedication, integrity, and passion for Junior A hockey across Canada, has always been evident through the unselfish giving of his time and his commitment to player-related issues.
We wish him well, and sincerely hope that he will enjoy, his well deserved time with his family.”
Davis’ efforts in close to two decades of service resulted in bolstered league-wide marketing and online broadcasts of games in the MJHL as well as the implementation of ever-increasing communications, social media, league corporate partnerships and the like while establishing and maintaining the league’s office in Winnipeg and continually working closely with all of its member clubs throughout Manitoba.
The Flin Flon, Man., product was selected in both the National Hockey League and World Hockey Association Drafts in 1977 where he was tabbed 48th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) and 24th by the Edmonton Oilers (WHA).
After a five-year professional career with experience in the AHL, IHL and NHL, Davis went on to complete his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Manitoba.
Prior to joining the MJHL, he held coveted marketing positions in the retail banking, provincial lotteries and food service industries.
With files from Kyle Prystupa, Manager, Media & Communications (MJHL)