Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hometown names street in honor of Sarah Davis after historic run with Canadian national team

Although a silver medal was not how Sarah Davis envisioned the outcome of her first participation in the IIHF Women’s Worlds, a golden moment provided her with a redeeming and highly satisfying personal milestone. While she made national news as the first competitor from Newfoundland to participate on Canada’s national women’s hockey team, the native of Paradise, Newfoundland now has a new accolade to complement her athletic achievements.

Recognized in a local ceremony, a street in Paradise proudly carries the new name of Sarah Davis Way. Joined by friends, family and fans alike, all eager to share in her jubilation. Humbled yet honored, Davis recognized many who helped her along the way, especially her parents. Of note, some of her first hockey experiences involved skating on a backyard rink constructed by her father. A handful of political officials were also present, including Mayor Dan Bobbett, Member of Parliament Jack Harris and Transportation Minister, David Brazil.

Besides the silver medal that Davis earned at the 2015 IIHF Women’s Worlds, there are several other notable accomplishments in her hockey career, all historically relevant in Newfoundland women’s hockey. Of note, she is the first person in the history of the province to have played for the Canadian national women’s team at the Under-18, Under-22/Development and Senior levels. As a side note, she was part of Canada’s first-ever U18 IIHF gold medal winning squad, getting the chance to be immortalized on a hockey card in Upper Deck’s World of Sport trading card set.

Davis is no stranger to history at other levels of hockey, continuing to make Newfoundlanders proud at her amazing accomplishments. With the iconic University of Minnesota Golden Gophers program, Davis was part of the first-ever undefeated women’s hockey team in NCAA history, capturing the Frozen Four championship. This was complemented by the chance to participate in the inaugural Canadian Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game, held at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in December 2014.

To have her hometown of Paradise name a street after her adds to an already stellar career. The fact that Sarah Davis Way also leads towards the Paradise Double Ice Complex is a very fitting tribute to the province’s first female hockey hero. Complementing the honor is the fact that the second annual Sarah Davis Under-12 Invitational Female Hockey Tournament was held at the complex. Hosted by the Conception Bay Region Minor Hockey Program, it was also the first program that Davis played in as a little girl, truly brining her career full circle.

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