After a successful amateur career, Allan “Scotty” Davidson was considered one of the top all-around players in the NHA. A lightning-fast skater, with a lethal shot, responsible backchecking and clean play, he captained the Toronto Blueshirts to the Stanley Cup in 1914.
Davidson was the first professional hockey player to enlist when World War I erupted. A lance-corporal with the Eastern Ontario Regiment of the Canadian Infantry (Canadian Expeditionary Force), fellow soldiers wrote about his bravery and leadership on numerous occasions.
Scotty Davidson died in action in Belgium in 1915, reportedly while refusing to retreat and using the last of his ammunition.He was 23 years old.
He is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial and posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame.