“Justin wasn’t a typical Marian ACHA player that went to play junior hockey to develop his game for a couple of years after high school,” commented head coach Chris Frederickson. “He came right out of high school and straight to college which is tough. When I came into this program three years ago, he shared the net with our number one goalie Fredrik Radbjer, who he learned a lot from. Once Freddie graduated, it was Justin’s net for the next two seasons and his stats do not lie. He helped this program get to the level of success where it is today. Justin is a great kid on and off the ice and worked his hardest to get where he is today. We wish him nothing but the best.”
Davidson has stood between the pipes for the Sabres the past four seasons and was a vital part of the program getting off the ground. In his career at Marian, Davidson played in a total of 66 games posting a 2.04 goals-against average with 53 wins and a .937 save percentage.
The past two seasons he especially dominated posting 18 wins last season along with a 16-win season coming in the 2018-19 campaign that saw the Sabres qualify for the national tournament for the first time in program history. The national championship season also saw him post a 1.99 goals-against average with a .941 save percentage. At the national tournament, he had a 38-save performance against top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast and a 36-save performance the next day against New Hampshire.
Davidson was a two-time first-team all-conference selection by the Northern Collegiate Hockey League (NCHL). He was also named the player of the year for the league for the 2018-19 season. The 2019 NCHL Hap Cup championship also saw him earn the only all-tournament selection of his career.
“It’s an incredible chance to continue playing hockey and show everyone that comes through this program that they still have the opportunity to play at the next level,” commented Davidson.
Davidson could become the second Sabre from the D2 ACHA program to go pro after Radbjer went overseas to play for IFK Tumba of the Swedish D2 league.
The SPHL is a 10-team professional hockey league based out of Huntersville, North Carolina with teams located primarily in the southeastern portion of the United States. The league spans as far north as northern Illinois. Huntsville most recently won a championship in the 2017-18 season and has led the league in attendance since the 2015-16 season. In 2018-19, the Havoc averaged 4,774 fans per game setting a league record.