Born in Port Arthur, Ontario, in 1930, Dave made his way up the minor ranks before joining the Port Arthur West End Bruins. Dave starred with the Bruins in 1948 when they went on to claim the Memorial Cup as junior hockey champions of Canada.
Following that year, Dave was signed by the Boston Bruins, where he performed as a forward from 1948-54.
In the 1952-53 season, Dave was on his way to one of his best seasons when he broke his leg in a match against Toronto, sidelining his for about 25 games.
That year, the Bruins made it to the Stanley Cup finals against Montreal, and Dave recovered in time to assist them throughout the playoffs. He scored four goals and assisted on five others.
Dave split the 1954-55 season between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Black Hawks before being traded to the New York Rangers. He was with the Rangers from 1955-58, and it was there that he enjoyed his most successful season in the NHL. In the '55-56 season, Creighton was the NHL's ninth overall leading scorer, with 20 goals and 31 assists. He ended up tied with another Lakehead hockey product, Alex Delvecchio, with 51 points.
Creighton ended his 12-year NHL career with the Leafs following the 1960 season, going on to enjoy another nine years in the American Hockey League before retiring from the professional ranks in 1969, marking over 20 years as a professional athlete.
Following his retirement, Dave went on to operate a couple of golf courses, one of which is located in Tampa, Florida. It is for his contributions to the sport of hockey, however, that Dave will be remembered.
Inducted into the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame, September 23, 1989.