Name: Matty Davies
Weight: 11st 11lbs
Position: Centre/Left Wing
Tonight’s one to watch is a British forward Matty Davies, he was born in Hull and came up through their junior system, but he is also someone who is familiar to our very own Wildcats fans as he spent a two year stint in Swindon during the 2000’s.
Back in 2005 Davies made his senior debut with the Kingston Jets in the old ENL and the next year was his first full season in senior hockey and he played with the Solihull Barons in the EPL. He put up an impressive points total given he was just 16 at the time, Davies scored 35 points in 43 games and it was this performance that led Pete Russell, then GB Under 20s coach, to bring him to Swindon.
Those two impressive years in Swindon earned Davies a shot in the Elite League with his hometown team the Hull Stingrays. For the next 5 season he played for Hull and this was only interrupted by a short stop with Peterborough in the EPL, for the 5th and final season of the Hull Stingrays as a franchise Davies was given the honour of captaining his boyhood club. However, after one year as captain the Hull Stingrays franchise folded and was relocated in Manchester as the Storm and Davies moved with them to captain an Elite League side once again.
After the season in Manchester, Davies took the decision to move down a league with the Telford Tigers in the EPL and he was part of the all-star Tigers team won the league at a canter. Following this one year in Telford Davies was faced with a decision as a new team in Hull formed and the pull of his hometown club was too much to resist and Davies re-joined Hull who were now playing under the Pirates name.
Unfortunately this season due to undergoing works on their rink the Hull Pirates were forced to withdraw from the NIHL National for the 2021-22 season, with this in mind Davies took the opportunity to sign with the Leeds Knights and he’ll certainly be a huge asset for them as he remains one of the best forwards in the whole league.