Marlies Coach Stricken, Team Forfeits

Toronto Marlies (20-12-2-2) assistant coach Rob Davison suffered a grand mal seizure in the locker room 90 minutes before the start of their game against the Texas Stars (15-17-2-2). The game would have been the first meeting in Cedar Park since the 2018 Calder Cup Finals. 

Davison, 39, has been with the team since the 2017-2018 season.  The Marlies are the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. 

“Following what happened tonight with Rob in front of our players and staff, I consulted with Laurence Gilman, Greg Moore and the leadership group of the Marlies,” said Kyle Dubas, Maple Leafs general manager. “I was informed by the leadership group that the entire team was in a state of shock and not comfortable proceeding with tonight’s game. We fully support our players and staff in this matter. 

“The Maple Leafs would like to thank the Stars’ medical team and the HEB Center staff for their urgent care,” Dubas went on to say.   

The AHL gave the Stars a 1-0 forfeit win, citing League rule 66.1 on non-compliance to start a game.  The league was made aware of Davison’s situation an hour before the 7 p.m. local scheduled start and made two attempts to reschedule, postponing it to 7:30 p.m. and then 8:30.

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