Kevin Davis looked cool, calm and decisive on the ice Saturday night.
The only thing that left him confused was the first bout of nerves of his WHL career.
Davis, a 16-year-old Kamloops native, helped the Everett Silvertips to a 7-6 overtime victory over the Kamloops Blazers at Interior Savings Centre. It certainly wasn't Davis's first game at ISC, and it wasn't even his first WHL game at ISC - he played in a 6-0 loss here on Feb. 7.
For some reason, he had butterflies on Saturday.
"It was weird - I haven't been that nervous for a game . . . ever," said Davis, a 6-foot-0 defenceman. "That's probably the most nervous I've been. It was weird.
"I was more comfortable in my first game - and I played here last season, and I wasn't this nervous. It was weird."
Davis played in six games as a 15-year-old in 2012-13, and has suited up for all 14 of Everett's games this season. He has played well in helping the Silvertips to a 10-2-2 record, and the coaches have him playing in most situations already.
"I'm getting really comfortable playing in this league - it's a fun league to play in," Davis said. "It's huge that the coaches have so much faith in me already."
Davis was taken with the 11th selection in the 2012 bantam draft, 33 spots ahead of his buddy Nick Chyzowski, who also is with the team that selected him - Kamloops.
Both players are finding their way in the league, and the former teammates have two assists apiece.
Through 14 games and two months away from home, Davis is adjusting nicely to his new life. He's loving Everett, and loving the Silvertips, especially playing alongside the 6-foot-6 Ben Betker, an Edmonton Oilers prospect.
"It's a great place to live and a great place to play hockey," Davis said. "Playing with Ben, I learn lots from him - we've been together for pretty much the whole 13 or 14 games, and I really enjoy playing with him."