LORNE AUSTIN DAVIS


30 June 1930 – 20 December 2007



Professional Hockey Player - Lorne was born July 20, 1930, in Lumsden and grew up in Regina, attending Scott Collegiate before playing junior hockey with the Regina Pats, with whom he scored "lots of big goals'' as they advanced to the 1950 Memorial Cup.


Given an oppor-tunity to pursue careers as a professional baseball or hockey player, he signed a contract with the New York Rangers and ultimately advanced to the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadiens, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. He was with Montreal and Detroit when they won Stanley Cups in 1953 and 1955 respectively.


Lorne Austin Davis, Saskatchewan Hockey

He also played in other professional and senior leagues before joining the Canadian national team in the 1960s.



Lorne Austin Davis Hockey, Saskatchewan

He coached three teams the International Hockey League's Muskegon Zephyrs, his beloved Regina Pats during the 1976-1978. (Much to my surprise I, Ron C. Johnston, received a phone call from Lorne asking me to come and assist him during those years.)


At the request of Father David Bauer, Lorne became a co-coach with the Canadian team that participated in the 1980 Olympics. He proudly wore an Olympic pendant around his neck and Stanley Cup rings from the Oilers and Canadiens on his fingers.


Lorne was an NHL scout for more than half of his life.

He died Thursday, December 20, 2007, surrounded by his family at the Regina General Hospital. He was 77. Lorne started assessing hockey players for the NHL's St. Louis Blues in 1967 and continued attending more than 200 games annually on four continents for 40 years.


He loved watching hockey games, giving his opinions on prospective players and granting interviews to anybody who wanted to hear insightful, often humorous responses. After stints scouting for the Houston Aeros and New York Rangers, he joined the Edmonton Oilers in 1980, becoming a loyal employee to an appreciative, successful and understanding organization.


Lorne's son Darrell, reported that Lorne was directly responsible for two of the most quintessential Oilers draft picks of all time. He said, "(Grant) Fuhr was one of his draft picks, so was long-time Oilers forward Ryan Smyth. According to Dad, those were the two players he told the Oilers brass they had better select or he would no longer be working for the team. Pretty good choices to put your career on the line with."

Because of illness, Lorne missed the first assignment of his scouting career earlier in December 2007. Before succumbing to cancer and cardiac arrest.


Visitation was held Thursday, December 27, from 6:00 - 9:00 pm and Friday, December 28, from 9:00 11:00 a.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina. A private interment followed Friday's visitation. Hockey fans, players, coaches and friends were invited to participate in a joyful tribute to Lorne's life on Friday, December 28, from 1:00 4:00 p.m. at Regina's Queensbury Centre. A short, formal program began at 2:00 p.m. and everyone was given an opportunity to share stories and memories; embellished, true or otherwise.


Regina Pats honoured Lorne's memory by erecting a memorial banner in recognition of his having been one of the team builders. “Although Lorne was tremendously loyal to the Oilers, he could never completely shake the affection he had for the Montreal Canadiens.’’ said Brad Davis, one of Lorne’s sons and an Edmonton Oilers scout. “That dates back to his days with the Pats. He knew everything there was to know about the Pats, every player they produced, every coach who was behind their bench, and he always felt a part of the organization.


What a wonderful gesture by the Pats. I thought he might be honoured as a player, because he was a good junior on a team with lots of great players. But it’s so fitting that his name is on a banner high in the corner of the Brandt Centre, because he was always sitting up in the corner, where the scouts sit.’’


Burial: Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery – Plot: 112E – 13 - A


Lorne Austin Davis  Riverside
Memorial Park Cemetery – Plot: 112E – 13 - A





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