After being invited to participate in Manitoba Moose training camp, Oakbank’s Brett Davis has earned himself an amateur tryout agreement with the club. This news comes alongside that of Manitoba also offering a tryout agreement to Victor Hadfield, as well as the team signing Nick Jones to a one-year AHL deal.
Davis, 21, has spent the past five seasons playing within the Western Hockey League, where he suited up for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kootenay ICE and Red Deer Rebels. His lengthy major junior career saw the former sixth round draft pick of the Dallas Stars (163rd overall in 2017) dress in 309 regular season games, where he put up 93 goals, 200 points and 118 penalty minutes.
“It would be amazing,” Davis told Game On last week on the opportunity of joining the hometown Moose. “It would be a dream come true. Obviously, I feel really honoured to play for the Moose this year. I’m just trying to work my hardest in camp here to earn a spot on the team. I’m just going to work as hard as I can and see what happens.”
Playing hockey within Manitoba would seem pretty typical for a 1999-born Oakbank resident. But interestingly it has been a while. As a matter of fact, it has actually been since Davis’ 2014-15 Midget AAA season with the Eastman Selects since he last suited up for a Manitoba-based team. He’s looking to change that statistic in his first year of professional hockey.
“It means a lot,” Davis said of suiting up in Manitoba. “Not only for me, but for my family. I have a lot of family close by. To represent my province and to be able to come to a professional tryout that’s in your home province is an honour. It’s something that I’m looking to take advantage of.”
The AHL has yet to release its Canadian division schedule for the upcoming season, as the Stockton Heat have recently announced a relocation for 2020-21 to Calgary, making call-ups/assignments easier with no cross-border travel/quarantine. Information regarding the upcoming season for the Manitoba Moose is expected to be announced by the league in the coming days.