brothers enjoying their time
together playing for RedHawks
By Zachary Dzurick
Published Jan. 19, 2005
River resident Alan Davis was a football player at Michigan State
where his wife, Pamela, was a gymnast. It is no surprise that their
sons Matt and Nathan are athletes, but it might be that their chosen
sport is hockey.
got into hockey and I followed," said Nathan. "Matt had some early
success and we all caught the hockey bug. Our 10-year-old sister
even plays some now."
are currently teammates for the Miami University hockey team. The
22-year-old Matt is a junior defenseman for the RedHawks. 18-year-old
Nate is a freshman forward. It is the first time the two have teammates.
"It is awesome
to play together," Matt said. "I could not have dreamed it to happen."
"I was always
on the younger team behind him," Nate said. "Playing together on
the same team was something I have always looked forward to."
played for the RedHawks last season, Nate was attending high school
in Ann Arbor, Mich., so he could play for the United States Developmental
program's under-18 team. The team, made up of the best hockey players
in the country, trains together and plays exhibitions against college
teams and national teams from across the world. Nate said it was
always a dream to represent his country.
"I never thought
it would happen until they sent me a letter," Ante said. "The coaching
and training is incredible. I have traveled to Europe eight or nine
times. I played against guys who are now being drafted. All around
it was a special experience. There is a special pride to wear that
jersey and represent your country."
Nate just missed
making the World Junior under-20 team.
is a big deal in international hockey," Nate said. "I just missed
out. I believe I have a good chance to make the team next year."
The start of
the season was rough on the entire team, but especially the two
brothers. The team was decimated by injuries, including one to Matt's
foot. Nate had to adjust to playing at a different level.
"It has been
tough," Matt admitted. "It took some time for me to get back, but
I am healthy now."
been a transition for me," Nate said. "Last year we played a lot
of college teams and went in expecting to lose. Now we go out and
expect to win every game. Everyone plays hard all the time. I had
adjustment took place. In his first 14 games, Nate scored just two
goals. Then in a five game stretch he scored six goals, including
short handed and power play goals against Colorado College, the
second-ranked team in the country at the time.
"I am not surprised
at all," Matt said. "He has a ton of talent. I was waiting for him
to break out. I knew he would."
believe that the close 4-3 loss to Colorado College and a recent
4-1 win over Michigan State are signs that when healthy, Miami can
play with anyone.
us," Nate said. "We were playing six or seven guys short. When healthy,
we are good as anyone in the nation. For the rest of the year, the
sky is the limit."
has been asked by the coaching staff to play in new roles. He has
spent some time upfront.
"I will do
anything I can to help the team win," Matt said. "I will play wherever
I am needed most."
Nate is studying
business while Matt is majoring in zoology and pre-med. Matt said
he would like to be an orthopedic surgeon like his father or a plastic
"I admire my
father," Matt said. "I also have in interest in plastic surgery,
but I would like to play for a few years first before attempting
Matt said he
loves the campus and atmosphere in Oxford.
"It is a gorgeous
place with strong academics," Matt said. "I love it here."
staff is pleased that the brothers chose Miami as well.
and Nate embody all it means to be a student athlete," said assistant
coach Chris Bergeron. "Thier professional approach to both academics
and athletics says a lot about them as indivduals. We are extremely
proud to have them in Oxford and as a part of our program."
Bay coach Terry
Chadwick is not surprised at their success.
Nathan Davis in Mite AA," Chadwick said. "Even at 8 years old, Nathan
was a very mature player and one of the most unselfish players I
have seen at that age."
mentioned that hockey players don't go straight from high school
to college. Most like Matt, who played for the Omaha Lancers, play
elsewhere for a year or two to prepare to that level. He said that
Nate is having success as a freshman is a testament to his talent.
hockey players are 20 years old," Chadwick said. "You don't see
kids go straight from high school to playing college hockey right