THE LORNE DAVIS FILE:
Born: July 20, 1930; Died: December 20, 2007
Position: Right wing
NHL games played: 95 (22 with Red Wings)
1954-55 stats: 22 GP; 0 G; 5 A; 2 PM
CAREER: Goals: 8; Assists: 12; PM: 20
Lorne Davis proved that Stanley Cup rings can come if you’re in the right place at the right time—and more than 30 years apart.
Davis was a 24-year-old right winger playing for the Chicago Black Hawks (Black Hawks was two words back then) when the Red Wings acquired him in November, 1954 for longtime Winged Wheeler Metro Prystai, which was a surprising trade, as Prystai was entering the prime of his career at age 27 and had scored 71 goals playing in Detroit.
Davis made it into 22 games in ’54-55, registering five assists, but was left off the Red Wings’ playoff roster that spring. Still, Davis can say that he played for a Cup-winning team. It was the second time in Davis’ young career that his team won a Stanley Cup. He was a member of the 1953 Cup winners in Montreal and got into seven playoff games for the Habs that spring.
Davis is also part of Red Wings history for being involved in the blockbuster offseason trade that sent Davis, Marcel Bonin and netminder Terry Sawchuk to the Boston Bruins in the summer of 1955. The Red Wings got a lot back from Boston in terms of quantity (five players), but not so much in terms of quality. The trade was controversial and was looked at as an impetuous move on the part of Red Wings GM Jack Adams. But the team said it wanted to pave the way for young Glenn Hall to take over in goal.
More than 30 years after playing on the 1955 Cup winners, Davis earned five more rings as a scout for the powerhouse Edmonton Oilers teams of the 1980s. His scout work followed some coaching work in the minor leagues.
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