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Introducing Jack Davison


Jack Davison can certainly be classified as a product of the playing fields of Oakville.

Born in September 1927, Jack has remained a resident of Oakville and, with wife Isobel, has raised three children, Kathy, Susan and Kelly, here. Jack played and excelled at hockey, baseball and golf. He starred for all the teams available in the Oakville and district minor sport organizations.

In Baseball, Jack’s career peaked as he made the International League Toronto Maple Leaf Team of 1948. The International League was only one step below Major League Baseball in the United States.

In hockey, Jack played at all levels of competition with local teams. He played in the game that opened Oakville’s new artificial ice arena in February 1951. Jack played Junior A hockey with the famous “Young Rangers” team in Toronto and also played American League hockey with Baltimore. Again, just one step short of the National Hockey League.

In 1956, he returned to coach minor hockey in Oakville. Jack’s teams won many championships and he was very successful in helping local youngsters develop their skills and attitudes.

Jack also showed great interest and talent in golf. He began caddying at the Oakville Golf Club in 1935 and became the clubs fifth professional in 1959. As an amateur, Jack played in Canada’s top golf tournament, “The Canadian Open”, three times, 1949, 1950, 1951. By participating, Jack had the privilege of playing with such golfing legends as Lawson Little, Cary Middlecoff and Jackie Burke. Jack also qualified a number of times for the Ontario Open and was victorious over the years in many local tournaments.

Having played or coached at every level of hockey, Jack joined the Chicago Black Hawk organization in 1959 as Ontario talent scout. Having an eye for great talent, he rose through the Black Hawk administration as Eastern Canada Scout, Chief of Scouting Operations, Personnel Director, Assistant General Manager, and finally Vice President of the Chicago Black Hawks. Jack proudly wears a Stanley Cup Ring for the Black Hawks win in 1961.

During his career, Jack participated in the signing of many outstanding NHL players, such as, Dennis Hull, Keith Magnusson, Cliff Koral, Dennis Savard and fellow member of the Oakville Sports Hall of Fame, Vic Hadfield.

Throughout his career, Jack Davison has quietly continued to provide invaluable support to minor hockey, and sports programs in Oakville.

Jack Davison, a multi talented athlete and sport executive uniquely qualified to be inducted as Honoured Member of Oakville’s Sports Hall of Fame in the category of Builder.


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