Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bob Davidson
Bob Davidson played his entire 12-year NHL career in a Toronto Maple Leafs' uniform, from 1934 to 1946. Known as one of the top defensive forwards in the NHL, that moniker was put to the test in the 1944 Stanley Cup semi-finals, when Davidson's assignment was to shadow Montreal's Maurice "The Rocket" Richard in game two of their best-of-seven series. Richard had scored 23 of his 32 regular-season goals in his last 22 games and seemed unstoppable. He was to receive special attention from the Toronto Maple Leafs on this March night, particularly since the Leafs had upset the Canadiens 3-1 in Game I two nights earlier. Davidson's assignment: go everywhere Richard goes. Don't let him out of your sight. Richard couldn't shake loose from Davidson's clutch-and-grab tactics in the first period. Everywhere the Rocket went, Davidson followed, but Richard left the Leafs reeling with three goals in the second period. He added two in the third in what was to become the greatest individual performance in NHL playoff history. Many say that night was not so much a reflection on Davidson's shadowing abilities as it was the greatness of Maurice Richard.

Ironically, that 1943-44 season was Davidson's finest from an offensive point of view. He tallied 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points, all career highs. He was a member of two Stanley Cup winning teams in Toronto, in 1941-42 and again in 1944-45 and captained the second championship victory in the absence of Syl Apps, who was off fighting for Canada in the Second World War. Upon Apps' return to the team in 1945, Davidson promptly returned the captaincy to him, noting that Apps who was the true leader of the club. He later served as a scout for the team for more than forty years.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1928-29 Toronto Canoe Club OHA-Jr.
1929-30 Toronto City Services TMHL
1929-30 Toronto Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 9 0 0 0 2
1930-31 Toronto Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 9 6 4 10 10 2 1 0 1 2
1931-32 Toronto Canoe Club OHA-Jr. 8 6 3 9 7 1 1 0 1 0
1931-32 Toronto City Services TMHL 12 6 3 9 10 2 1 0 1 0
1932-33 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 21 8 8 16 15 2 2 0 2 4
1932-33 Toronto City Services TMHL 18 11 5 16 18 6 2 0 2 14
1933-34 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Sr. 6 6 2 8 6
1934-35 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 0 0 0 6
1934-35 Syracuse Stars IHL 28 4 12 16 17 2 0 0 0 2
1935-36 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 35 4 4 8 32 9 1 3 4 2
1935-36 Syracuse Stars IHL 13 3 4 7 22
1936-37 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 8 7 15 43 2 0 0 0 5
1937-38 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 3 17 20 52 4 0 2 2 7
1938-39 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 4 10 14 29 10 1 1 2 6
1939-40 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 8 18 26 56 10 0 3 3 16
1940-41 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 3 6 9 39 7 0 2 2 7
1941-42 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 37 6 20 26 39 13 1 2 3 20
1942-43 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 13 23 36 20 6 1 2 3 7
1943-44 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 47 19 28 47 21 5 0 0 0 4
1944-45 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 50 17 18 35 49 13 1 2 3 2
1945-46 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 41 9 9 18 12
1946-47 St. Louis Flyers AHL
NHL Totals 491 94 160 254 398 79 5 17 22 76


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