Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Scott Darling
Scott Darling was born on December 22, 1988 in Newport News, Virginia but grew up in Lemont, Illinois. The product of the University of Maine Black Bears was drafted in the sixth round, 153rd overall, by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

After not being given a qualified offer by the Coyotes, Darling bounced around the minor leagues with stops in with the Louisiana IceGators and Mississippi RiverKings of the Southern Professional Hockey league, Florida Everblades, Wheeling Nailers, and Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League, and the Hamilton Bulldogs and Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL.

It wasn’t until July 1, 2014 that the Chicago Blackhawks would sign Darling to a one year deal. He would be assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs but would be promoted within the first month of the 2014-15 regular season. Darling would make his NHL debut on October 26, 2014 in a 2-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

Darling would return to Rockford until he would be recalled when starting goaltender Corey Crawford was injured. The intention was for backup goaltender Antti Raanta to take the reins from Crawford, however it was Darling who would out play Raanta. This would lead to Raanta being sent to Rockford when Crawford was healthy and for Darling to be the new backup goaltender.

In the 2015 playoffs, Darling would replace Crawford in net where he helped the Blackhawks come back from a 3-0 deficit and win the game 4-3 in overtime of game 1 of the first round. In the relief appearance he set a record for the longest relief appearance without a goal at 67:44. He also set the record for the most saves without allowing a goal in a relief appearance with 42.

Darling and the Blackhawks would be able to survive the Western Conference and beat the Tampa Bay Lightning to win the 2015 Stanley Cup. Darling would have the honour of being the first Chicago native to win the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
2005-06 Chicago Young Americans MWEHL 2 0 2 0 0 5.00
2005-06 North Iowa Outlaws NAHL 8 2 4 0 0 4.15
2006-07 Capital District Selects EJHL 22 9 9 3 1 3.38
2006-07 North Iowa Outlaws NAHL 1 0 0 0 0 12.00
2007-08 Indiana Ice USHL 42 27 10 2 1 3.04 3 1 2 0 3.69
2008-09 University of Maine H-East 27 10 14 3 3 2.76
2009-10 University of Maine H-East 27 15 6 3 0 3.10
2010-11 Louisiana IceGators SPHL 30 6 22 0 0 3.83
2011-12 Florida Everblades ECHL 1 0 1 0 0 5.14
2012-13 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
2012-13 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 32 13 12 4 2 2.80
2013-14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 26 13 6 2 6 2.00
2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 14 9 4 0 1 1.94 5 3 1 0 2.21
2014-15 Rockford IceHogs AHL 26 14 8 2 2 2.20
2015-16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 29 12 8 4 1 2.58
2016-17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 32 18 5 5 2 2.38
NHL Totals 75 39 17 9 4 2.36 5 3 1 0 2.21


Signed as a free agent by Hamilton (AHL), September 26, 2012. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 1, 2014. Traded to Carolina by Chicago for Ottawa's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Chicago selected Evan Barratt) in 2017 NHL Draft, April 28, 2017.
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