The Rochester Knighthawks announced today that they have signed forward/transition man Jarrett Davis to a one-year deal. The three-time NLL champion joins the team tonight as they finish their preseason schedule with an 8:00 p.m. showdown against the Georgia Swarm.
The 29-year-old returns to the city where he launched his NLL career. The Port Moody, BC native was originally selected by the Knighthawks in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2010 NLL Entry Draft. Davis made an instant impact in Rochester, posting 19 goals and 33 assists in 27 games over his two seasons. In 2012, he notched 10 points during Rochester’s run to the first of three straight Champion’s Cups.
Davis returns to Rochester after getting a call from Knighthawks Owner and General Manager Curt Styres. He was not surprised to hear from Styres, who is someone he has tremendous respect for after playing two years with the Knighthawks.
“Curt is obviously a unique person and his family has been great to me. The organization has also been amazing,” said Davis. “When I knew I wasn’t going to be in Saskatchewan, Rochester was the first team that came into my mind. I think it’s a good fit.”
Head coach Mike Hasen welcomed the addition of a proven winner and a great team guy.
“First and foremost, Jarrett is a quality teammate,” said Hasen. “He has the ability to create havoc on the offensive end by his movement and his smarts. On the defensive end, he will be playing a hard shift for us and moving the ball up the floor.”
Davis spent the past four seasons with the Rush, playing in Edmonton from 2013-15 and moving to Saskatchewan with the team in 2016. With the Rush, Davis added to his ring collection by winning Champion’s Cups in 2015 and 2016. During that time, he was named one of the team’s alternate captain three times (2014-16). His breakout offensive season came in 2014, as he recorded career highs in assists (37) and points (53), while tying his career best with 16 goals.
Davis is now back in Rochester, where he was beloved by the fans during his two years. In fact, in 2011 he was named the co-winner of the Knighthawks’ Community Service Award. The NLL veteran said he cannot wait to play in front of the Rochester fans again.
“I am pretty excited about it,” said Davis. “Playing at The Blue Cross (Arena) is always fun. My experience here was amazing, so I am just really happy to be back with the team.”