It was hard to miss Darwin McCutcheon when he was on the ice. At 6'5" and 220 pounds, he was certainly a physical presence. He played his major junior hockey with Kitchener Rangers, Toronto Marlboros and Windsor Spitfires, including returning for part of the 1982-83 season as an overage player.
McCutcheon was selected in the ninth round, 179th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He is one of the many One Game Wonders the NHL has seen, but nonetheless he fulfilled a dream to play in the world's greatest hockey league, and with his favourite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. In fact, he played his one game in 1981-82 while he was still in the midst of his junior career.
Although McCutcheon's time in the spotlight was short, he decided it made the most sense to pursue his education rather than risk not making it as a full-time player in the NHL. In the fall of 1982 he left the Kitchener Rangers after eleven games and enrolled at the University of Prince Edward Island where he played for four years.
McCutcheon believed he still had a shot at making the NHL, finishing school by the age of 24. At the conclusion of the collegiate season, he joined the AHL's Moncton Golden Flames. He returned the following season before moving on to play Salt Lake, Flint and Indianapolis in the IHL over a span of two years in the late 1980s.
When it became totally clear to McCutcheon that he was never going to play another game in the NHL, he decided to relax his competitive game considerably and headed out east to play for the Charlottetown Islanders of the NBSHL.