The Edmonton Oilers lost a family member yesterday with the passing of Lorne Davis.
It is impossible to describe what he contributed to the Oilers during the 28 years he Scouted young hockey players. He fought for his favorites at draft time, and beamed when they succeeded in Oilers Silks. A few times, he put his job on the line saying either the Oilers take his picks, or he’d work somewhere else. Two of those picks were Grant Fuhr and Ryan Smyth.But his biggest contribution was bringing ‘Lorne Davis’ to the game of hockey.
Legend is an over-used word – in the case of Lorne Davis, who played in the Original Six NHL – and has the Stanley Cup rings to prove it, then spent the rest of his life contributing to this terrific game – the word Legend is appropriate.
His shared his love of hockey with his family. He leaves a son who is a hockey writer, a daughter who is a power skating instructor, another son who is also an Oilers Scout, grandchildren – and an entire Oilers Hockey family and greater hockey community – Grateful for having met Lorne Davis – in a hockey rink.