|Position: Right Wing
Born: October 10, 1956
Birthplace: Lockeport, Nova Scotia, Canada
Height: 5'11" Weight: 180 lbs.
Seasons with Buffalo: 1982-83 - 1985-86
Uniform Numbers: 25, 29
|After attending college at the University of Alberta, Malcolm "Mal" Davis began his professional hockey career as a member of the Detroit Red Wings organization, signing as a free agent in 1978. Upon signing, Davis was assigned to the Kasnas City Red Wings of the Central Hockey League for the 1978-79 season. Davis excelled as a rookie in Kansas City, leading the team in goals with 42 and total points with 66. His performance earned him a try out with the Detroit Red Wings, where he made his NHL debut in 1979, in a 6 game stint with the team.
For the 1979-80 season, Davis was assigned to Detroit's top farm club, the Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League. Again, Davis excelled, scoring 34 goals and 31 assists. He finished the season first on the team in goals and second in points.
Davis began the 1980-81 season with Adirondack, but was called up to Detroit early in the season. On November 20, 1980 he scored his first NHL goal in a game against the Montreal Canadiens. Davis saw action in 5 games for Detroit, adding
|one more goal, before being returned to Adirondack, where he finished the season. In 58 games for Adirondack, he scored 23 goals and 12 assists. In the AHL Playoffs, Davis scored 6 goals and 4 assists in 17 games as the Red Wings won the 1981 Calder Cup Championship.
At the end of the 1980-81 season, Davis was a free agent. He signed with the Buffalo Sabres, and was assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans for the 1981-82 season. Davis played in 75 games for the Amerks during the 1981-82 season, scoring 32 goals and 33 assists. He finished fourth on the team in goals and 6th in total points in his first year in Rochester.
Davis split the 1982-83 season betewwn Rochester and Buffalo. With Rochester, Davis finished second and goals with 42, and fifth in points with 75, in just 57 games played. As a Sabre, Davis scored 8 goals and 12 assists in 24 games played. One of Davis' goals was the game winner in the greatest comeback win in Sabres history. On February 25, 1983, the Sabres trailed the Boston Bruins 6-1 early in the second period. Buffalo rallied to score four straight goals, bringing the score to 6-5 by the end of the second. The Sabres tied the game on a goal by Dave Andreychuk in the third period, and Davis scored with just minutes remaining to send the Buffalo fans home happy. Davis made his NHL Playoff debut with the Sabres, seeing action in 6 of the team's 10 post-season games and notched one goal.
The 1983-84 season was perhaps Davis' best professional season. He spent the majority of the season in Rochester, playing in 71 games during the season. He broke the all-time record for goals in a season by a Rochester Americans player, leading the team and the league with 55 goals. He also led the team with 103 points, which was good for sixth in the AHL. Before the season was over, Davis had tied or broken five more Rochester team records. He added 2 goals and an assist in 11 games with the Sabres during the season. He made one start for the Sabres in the Playoffs, and 15 for the Amerks as Rochester advanced to the Calder Cup Finals. At the end of the season, Davis was voted First Team AHL All-Star. He also shared the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL's Most Valuable Player with St. Catherines Saints defenseman Garry Lariviere, a former draft pick of the Buffalo Sabres.
Davis started the 1984-85 season in Buffalo, scoring the game winning goal in the season opener, a 4-3 home win over the Montreal Canadiens. He remained with the team until mid-January, when he was sent down to Rochester for a brief stint. In 3 games with Rochester, Davis scored 3 goals and 2 assists before returning to Buffalo. Davis finished the season with a career-high 17 goals and 9 assists in 47 games played as a Sabre. He was tied for the team lead with 5 game winning goals, including the game winning goal in all three of Buffalo's games against the Minnesota North Stars during the season. Davis was a terror against Minnesota, totalling 4 goals and 3 assists in 3 games played.
Davis split the 1985-86 season between Buffalo and Rochester. He played just 7 games with Buffalo during the season, scoring twice. In 38 games with Rochester, Davis scored 21 goals and 15 assists. At the end of the 1985-86 season, Davis was a free agent.
Unsigned by an NHL team, Davis traveled to Europe, where he landed with TPS Turku in Finland for the 1986-87 season. Davis spent five seasons playing with TPS Turku. He retired from professional hockey following the 1990-91 season.
On March 19, 2000, Mal Davis was inducted into the Rochester Americans Hall of Fame alongside former Sabres and Amerks goaltender Jacques Cloutier and former Sabres defenseman and Amerks Head Coach John Van Boxmeer.