Hogan Davidson was a trade deadline addition to the Brahmas last season and quickly displayed a gritty, hard hitting attitude on the ice despite his 5’ 10” / 170 pound frame. He will be back with Lone Star this season as the team looks to reach the playoffs in their second NAHL campaign.
Davidson embraces his role as a rugged, hard working forward who has overcome some obstacles to reach this level. During his Senior year at Duluth East High School in Duluth, MN he suffered a lacerated spleen on Christmas Eve while competing in holiday tournament. While Hogan was done for the season, he insisted on remaining involved with the team. “I was really down at one point, missing my senior year of hockey,” Davidson told NNCNOW.com. “It’s a sport I really love. I went to all the practices and skated around with them, just no contact. I went to all of the games and most of the road games and went to the state tournament with the guys.”
He has styled his game after Andrew Shaw a physical, blue collar workhorse who gets under opponents skin, but can also make the skilled play when needed. From the Brahmas’ recent main camp in Detroit, Liam Stirtzinger made a comment that showed the respect that Hogan has gained with his teammates. “Davidson looks good, still being the gritty hard working player that he is. He took a stick to the face in the first game and didn’t miss a shift.” Hogan was pleased with his play at camp as well, but is one of those guys who coaches love on a roster because they are never satisfied. “I thought I played well but there are always things to improve on. I scored some points but I need to work on my D-zone a little more.”
“I am very excited for this season. We have a bunch of skilled guys with tremendous character that are willing to sacrifice and do the little things to help the team win.”
Last season was Davidson’s first at the NAHL level and there were adjustments that he had to make. “I was surprised by the speed and physicality at first. It did take some time to adjust.” With a season under his belt he knows what to expect coming in this year, that and the desire to always improve drove his efforts this offseason. “I worked out three to four times a week trying to become stronger in the corners against the big six foot plus D-men,” he said. “I also shot pucks to improve my shot and skated as much as possible.”
The NAHL South Division has long been considered the most physical division in the league. Davidson has the attitude and desire to compete every shift in such an environment. When asked what the Brahma faithful can expect from him this season he responded with “They can expect me to lay everything on the line to win and protect my teammates.” Winning in the league’s premier division is something that the entire Brahmas’ roster is buzzing about through training camp and Davidson is no exception. “I am very excited for this season. We have a bunch of skilled guys with tremendous character that are willing to sacrifice and do the little things to help the team win,” he said. “We are going to be scary to play against this year.”
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Hogan’s goal coming into the season is to be a reliable player that shuts down the other teams top line and be a workhorse on the penalty kill in hopes of earning a D-I scholarship. Long term he wants to pursue a degree in engineering and eventually live on a lake in his native Minnesota. Based on what we saw at the end of last season the first part of that is definitely within his reach which should go a long way toward bringing the college offers.
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