GREENVILLE, S.C. — Defenseman Tim Davison will be returning to North America, as he has signed a Standard Player Contract with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, good for the 2020–21 season. Davison, 26, will enter his third full professional season.
The Green Bay, Wisconsin native spent last season with the Aalborg Pirates in Denmark, and posted 19 points in 46 games.
"One of the big reasons I signed here in Greenville was Lordo. My conversations with him were great. We seem like we're on the same page. Another big thing was the new ownership, and how everyone is excited about that," Davison said. "Everyone I talked to had such great things to say about Todd Mackin and the leadership of the organization. Greenville is a great spot, and South Carolina is a great state. I can't wait to be a part of the new culture."
He proved to be a top-tier offensive defenseman the year prior with the South Carolina Stingrays, where he notched 30 points in 62 games. That mark was the best among defensemen on the Rays that season, and ended up tied for 14th in the ECHL in defensive scoring.
"It's exciting to sign Tim Davison for the upcoming season. He is a good skating d-man with offensive upside, who has shown he can produce at this level," head coach Andrew Lord said. "I got to know Tim quite well through the recruiting process and I believe the most exciting thing is the potential in Tim's game. He has a good overall skillset, he is hungry to improve, and he has learned a lot in two years of pro. We desperately needed more offense from our d-core and this is a good first step in helping us in that area. As a coaching staff we are looking forward to working with Tim and believe he can help our organization both on and off the ice."
Davison redshirted his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin, and then put together a productive collegiate career from there. In his senior season alone, he won the Jeff Sauer Award, given to the team's "great guy," Wisconsin's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, the UW Academic Momentum award for significant academic improvement in his career, was named a Big Ten All-Academic, and was a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award due to his commitment to community and the classroom.
In 133 games at Wisconsin, he scored 45 points.
Davison played his junior hockey with the Chicago Steel, but did his best work at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay. He posted 51 points in 30 games, won the 2012 Wisconsin State championship, and was named the recipient of the Mr. Hockey award, given to Wisconsin's top senior hockey player. His first taste of victory came at the 2010 Five Nations Tournament, where Davison played with Team USA and won gold.
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