Tommy Davis spent his last season playing for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL, where he notched 22 points (7g, 22a) over 65 games. The defenseman attended Delbarton along with incoming Princeton hockey freshman Colton Phinney. Delbarton won the state championship all four years the duo played there. Davis, a Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. native, appeared in 106 games in high school and finished with 72 points (21g, 52a).
I had the chance to talk to Davis via email for a Q&A, and here’s what the 19-year-old had to say:
Why did you choose Princeton University?
I chose Princeton University because I wanted to go somewhere where I could compete for a League and National championship while also getting one of the best educations in the country.
What are you most looking forward to?
The thing I am most looking forward to is our season opener against Dartmouth at the Prudential Center. I’m excited to hopefully win a spot in the lineup and then beat those guys in front of not only what I hope is a large student and alumni turnout, but also in front of my family and friends from New Jersey.
When did you get into hockey? What’s your earliest memory?
I started playing hockey when I was 5 for my town’s recreational team. My earliest memory is when I got my first stick, it was a Sherwood with a straight blade. I still have the stick, its pretty sweet.
What NHL team did you grow up rooting for and why?
I’ve been a Rangers fan all my life because thats how I was raised. I’d switch if I could.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in hockey?
The biggest challenge for me came when I was in seventh grade. I was cut from my Bantam club hockey team, I spent a while feeling sorry myself and contemplating quitting. Once I got to high school I regained my confidence and switched from forward to defense and all the hard work eventually paid off.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen when playing hockey?
Nothing too strange has ever happened. I guess the weirdest thing I’ve had happen was during a peewee game, the rink lost power and the lights went out. I was on the ice and accidentally ran into one of the goal posts while trying to make it to the door.
Who’s the most influential person in your hockey career?
Like most hockey players the most influential people in my career have been my parents. Anybody who’s been around the game long enough will tell you that you can’t get better without someone driving you back and forth to the rink everyday.
What’s the most exciting experience you’ve ever had?
The most exciting experience that I’ve had in my life was playing juniors last season for the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL. Having graduated high school the previous year and having to worry about nothing but hockey was awesome. It gave me a real sense of what being a pro must be like, which has fueled my motivation to continue my career as long as I can. With that being said, I’m ready to go back to school.
What do you plan on majoring in/what are your academic interests?
Im not really sure what I would like to major in just yet. At the moment I’d have to same I’m leaning towards sociology or history but that could always change.
What do you hope your legacy at Princeton University will be?
I want the legacy of the class of 2017 to be full of success and championships. First and foremost an ECAC championship and NCAA tournament berth. Yale proved last year that if you can get a bid and get hot at the right time anything can happen, you just have to win four games.