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Shirley Davidson
Position Forward
5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
150 lb (68 kg)
Teams Montreal Victorias
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born 1872,
Died 1907,
Pro Career 1892 – 1897

Shirley Davidson (1872–1907) was a Canadian ice hockey player for the Montreal Victorias during the late 19th century. He was a member of several Stanley Cup Championship teams in the 1895, 1896 and 1897 AHAC seasons.

Playing careerEdit

Shirley was a noted hockey and football player, and an accomplished sailor. He was also the brother of noted a fellow team mate Cam Davidson. Shirley played his entire career for the Montreal Victorias. He began by playing 3 seasons with the junior club before moving up to the senior team in the 1892-93 AHAC season.[1] Shirley attended McGill University in Montreal for an engineering degree, while playing for the junior Vics. Shirley was known as a fast skater, good checker and good puck handler who never would have a bad game.[1] Records indicate that he stopped his regular season playing career after the 1895-96 AHAC season, although he participated in the Stanley Cup challenge games in the latter part of 1897.[2][3] Shirley won two Stanley cups[4] in the 1894-1895 and 1896-1897 seasons, but can be credited with 4 championships since challenge game victories occurred in December 1896 (Challenge against Winnipeg Victorias) and his team also won a lopsided victory against the Ottawa Capitals in December 1897.[3]


Shirley went missing while sailing on August 5, 1907 along with his fiancée Aileen Hingston, daughter of Sir William Hingston (a noted Canadian surgeon and senator). The accident was said to be inexplicable because Shirley was an accomplished sailor.[5] Their bodies were recovered and the funeral was held on August 10, 1907. Thousands attended the funeral, including several former Victoria players.[6]

It is alleged that Shirley died in a suicide pact with Aileen Hingston as his father, Sir Charles Peers Davidson (Chief Justice of the Quebec supreme court), refused to approve their marriage because she was a Roman Catholic.[7][8] Sadly, Aileen would not live to see her first book published; Pere Jean, and other stories which was made in print in 1910. Further tragedy was to befall the Davidson family shortly after this event as Shirley's brother Thornton died in the RMS Titanic disaster in 1912.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1892–93Montreal VictoriasAHAC68--8------------
1893–94Montreal VictoriasAHAC86--6--11--1--
1894–95Montreal VictoriasAHAC84--4------------
1895–96Montreal VictoriasAHAC78--8--10--0--
1896–97Montreal VictoriasAHAC----------12--2--
1897–98Montreal VictoriasAHAC----------1?--?--
  • Statistics are adapted from Coleman, Charles (1964), Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol I., Kendall/Hunt, ISBN 0-8403-2941-5
  • Statistics do not include non-regular season tournaments. Stats for 1893-94 and 1897-98 are not fully available. Some season statistics are incomplete and may not represent all games and goals scored. Assists were not recorded.


  1. 1.0 1.1 D.A.L. MacDonald. "Turning back Hockey’s pages", February 14, 1935. 
  2. Coleman, Charles (1964), Trail of the Stanley Cup, Vol I., Kendall/Hunt, ISBN 0-8403-2941-5
  3. 3.0 3.1 1897 Montreal Victorias - Three Time Champions. SBnation. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  4. 2009 McGill Hockey presskit CIS. McGill university. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  5. "ATHLETE AND GIRL MISSING.; Shirley Davidson and Miss Hingston Went Sailing -- Empty Boat Found", Montreal Gazette, August 6th, 1907
  6. MTL gazette. "Thousands attend", February 14, 1935. 
  7. Encyclopedia Titanica: First Class Passenger: Thornton Davidson [] Accessed 7 May 2010.
  8. Descendants of Caspar Matheus Matthaus Mattice. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.
  9. Thornton Davidson. Retrieved on 2010-05-07.

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