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Darren J. Haydar (born October 22, 1979) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger. Haydar was selected by the Nashville Predators in the ninth round (248th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He is one of the top AHL players of all-time, having won two Calder Cup championships and is the AHL’s all-time leader in playoff goals (63), assists (80) and points (143).[1]

Darren Haydar
Darren Haydar 20121013.jpg
Born (1979-10-22) October 22, 1979 (age 39)
Milton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Nashville Predators
Atlanta Thrashers
Colorado Avalanche
EHC München
KHL Medveščak Zagreb
EC VSV
NHL Draft 248th overall, 1999
Nashville Predators
Playing career 2002–2016

Playing careerEdit

Prior to turning professional Haydar played two years with the Milton Merchants of the Junior A Ontario Provincial Hockey League, where he established league records for goals (71) and points (140) in a season. He then spent four years (1998–2002) for the University of New Hampshire, scoring 219 points with 102 goals. In 2002, he was named a First Team All-American and was Hockey East Player of the Year.

He was drafted 248th overall by Nashville Predators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. On September 11, 2002, Haydar signed a three-year entry level contract with the Predators.[2] He spent almost all of his Predators career at their farm team as a standout with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, only playing twice for the Predators, both in the 2002–03 NHL season. He helped the Admirals win the Calder Cup in the 2003–04 season.

Haydar was signed by the Atlanta Thrashers as a Free Agent on July 4, 2006.[3] He was assigned to affiliate the Chicago Wolves for the 2006–07 season. On December 23, 2006, Haydar picked up a point in his 32nd consecutive game, breaking the record for the longest AHL scoring streak. The stick used by Haydar as well as the hockey puck involved in the record-breaking point were preserved in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. He went on to notch a point in 39 consecutive games, tallying 79 points during the streak.[4] At season's end Haydar finished with 122 points in 73 games. He was named in the AHL's First All-Star Team and won the Les Cunningham Award for being the AHL's most valuable player.[5]

 
Haydar during his tenure with EHC München.

In the 2007–08 season, Haydar again was relied heavily upon with the Wolves, and was instrumental in helping the Wolves win the Calder Cup, his second. Darren also played as a reserve forward with the Thrashers and scored his first NHL goal on October 13, 2007, against Martin Brodeur in a 6-5 loss to the New Jersey Devils.[6]

For the 2008–09 season, Haydar was signed by the Detroit Red Wings on July 23, 2008.[7] He was assigned to and named captain of affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins, leading the Griffins in scoring with 80 points in 79 games. As a result, was named in the 2008–09 AHL's Second All-Star Team.[8]

On July 4, 2009, Haydar was signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a one-year contract.[9] Haydar was reassigned by the Avalanche to affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, prior to the 2009–10 season. While leading the Monsters in scoring, Darren was named to play in the 2010 AHL All-Star game but missed the game due to injury.[10] Upon his return Haydar was recalled by the injury hit Avalanche on February 10, 2010.[11] He made his Avalanche debut and played his first NHL game since 2007 on the same day in a 4-3 overtime win against the Thrashers.[12] Haydar was returned to the Monsters and in the last game of the season he recorded an assist, to become the 43rd player in history to reach 600 points.[13]

A free agent at season's end, Haydar signed an AHL contract to return to the team he formerly captained, the Chicago Wolves on July 28, 2010.[14] In 2013, as part of the Milwaukee Admirals celebrating their 35th season, Haydar was voted by fans as the 3rd greatest Milwaukee Admiral of all time.

After three further seasons with the Wolves, Haydar left North America for the first time in his career and signed a one-year contract in Europe with EHC München of the DEL on July 25, 2013.[15]

In 2013, he was added to the Team Canada roster for the 2013 Spengler Cup. Haydar finished in a tie with Byron Ritchie for the team scoring lead with a pair of goals and four assists.[16]

Upon completing a single season in the DEL on June 9, 2014, he signed a one-year contract, along with former Wolves teammate, Jason Krog, in the Kontinental Hockey League with Croatian club, KHL Medveščak Zagreb.[17] In the 2014–15 season, having recorded just 1 assist in 4 games, Haydar opted to leave the club. With Krog following suit, they both signed a try-out contract with Austrian club, EC VSV, on October 2, 2014. After showing early scoring touch in Villach, Krog and Haydar both opted to remain signing a one-year contract on October 15, 2014.[18]

In the off-season, Haydar left Villach as a free agent and returned to play for a second stint in Germany after signing with Lausitzer Füchse of the DEL2 on September 28, 2015.[19][20]

Suffering an off-season training back injury, Haydar has opted to sit out the 2016–17 season — having recently returned to Milton after three seasons in Europe and in the midst of making plans for his post-playing future.[21] He later concluded his professional career in accepting a position as a sales representative at a real estate entity in Milton, Ontario, working alongside his older brother Ryan, who was also a hockey player but now has officially retired.

PersonalEdit

After first experiencing symptoms in 2012, Haydar was diagnosed over a year later with multiple sclerosis and has organized a charity golf tournament in support of the MS Society of Canada’s Hamilton-Halton Chapter since 2017. He is married to Sara, who is a throat cancer survivor, and he has two sons. He works in real estate with his older brother, Ryan.[22]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Milton Merchants OPJHL 6 1 2 3 4
1996–97 Milton Merchants OPJHL 51 32 68 100 68
1997–98 Milton Merchants OPJHL 51 71 69 140 65
1998–99 U. of New Hampshire HE 41 31 30 61 34
1999–00 U. of New Hampshire HE 38 22 19 41 42
2000–01 U. of New Hampshire HE 39 18 23 41 38
2001–02 U. of New Hampshire HE 40 31 45 76 28
2002–03 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 75 29 46 75 36 6 1 4 5 2
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 79 22 37 59 35 22 11 15 26 10
2004–05 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 59 24 26 50 42 7 3 4 7 14
2005–06 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 80 35 57 92 50 21 18 17 35 18
2006–07 Chicago Wolves AHL 73 41 81 122 55 15 10 14 24 14
2006–07 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 4 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Chicago Wolves AHL 51 19 39 58 52 24 12 15 27 8
2007–08 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 16 1 7 8 2
2008–09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 79 31 49 80 26 10 4 7 11 4
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 66 23 41 64 60
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Chicago Wolves AHL 77 27 47 74 60
2011–12 Chicago Wolves AHL 70 21 36 57 32 5 4 4 8 0
2012–13 Chicago Wolves AHL 71 20 37 57 58
2013–14 EHC München DEL 44 13 22 35 22 2 1 1 2 12
2014–15 KHL Medveščak Zagreb KHL 4 0 1 1 0
2014–15 EC VSV EBEL 45 23 21 44 26 5 1 0 1 20
2015–16 Lausitzer Füchse DEL2 42 21 16 37 60
2016–17 Did Not Play
2017–18 Dundas Real McCoys ACH 13 7 17 24 4 2 1 0 1 0
2018–19 Dundas Real McCoys ACH 12 4 15 19 2 5 3 3 6 0
AHL totals 780 292 496 788 506 110 63 80 143 70
NHL totals 23 1 7 8 2

Awards and honorsEdit

In 2018, Haydar was inducted into his hometown Milton Sports Hall of Fame along with his teammates on the 1996-98 Milton Merchant teams.[23] In 2019, Haydar was inducted into the same hall as a standalone athlete inductee.[24] In 2020, the Milwaukee Admirals will retire Haydar's jersey and celebrate his accomplishments with a bobble-head night.[25]

RecordsEdit

  • AHL All-Time Playoff goals record- 59
  • AHL All-Time Playoff assist record- 76
  • AHL All-Time Playoff points record- 135

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Preds sign their '99th ninth-round draft pick". ESPN. September 11, 2002. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  3. ^ "Thrashers sign Braithwaite, Krog and Haydar". Atlanta Thrashers. July 4, 2006. Retrieved March 1, 2010.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Haydar ends streak". ChiTown Daily News. January 9, 2007. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  5. ^ "Chicago's Haydar named AHL MVP". mysportsbook. April 13, 2007. Archived from the original on July 14, 2011. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
  6. ^ "Devils score in final minute to vault past winless Thrashers". CBS Sports. October 13, 2007. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
  7. ^ "Haydar, Oulahen sign one-year deals". Detroit Red Wings. July 23, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  8. ^ "Haydar named to AHL second team". Detroit Red Wings. April 2, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  9. ^ "Haydar signs with Avs to give NHL 'one last chance'". Milton Canadian Champion. July 8, 2009. Retrieved July 30, 2009.
  10. ^ "Darren Haydar named to AHL All-Star Team". The Plain Dealer. December 29, 2009. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  11. ^ "Avs O'Reilly a game time decision". Denver Post. February 10, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010.
  12. ^ "Cumiskey OT hero as Avs rally for win". CBS Sports. February 10, 2010. Archived from the original on October 12, 2012. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
  13. ^ "Haydar hits 600 in season finale". AHL. April 11, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  14. ^ "Former Captain and League MVP Haydar returns to Chicago". Chicago Wolves. July 28, 2010. Archived from the original on November 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  15. ^ "Top scorer Darren Haydar comes to Munich" (in German). EHC München. July 25, 2013. Archived from the original on July 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-25.
  16. ^ "Spengler Cup had". January 3, 2014.
  17. ^ "Top AHL tandem Krog-Haydar together again". medvescak.com. www.medvescak.com. June 9, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  18. ^ "Villach makes the impossible possible!" (in German). EC VSV. October 15, 2014. Archived from the original on October 20, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
  19. ^ "Foxes undertake Darren Haydar" (in German). Lausitzer Füchse. September 28, 2015. Archived from the original on September 28, 2015. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  20. ^ "Profile of Darren Haydar on the website of the club". Lausitzer Füchse. Archived from the original on December 21, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  21. ^ "Retirement looming for Haydar". insidehalton.com. October 2, 2016. Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  22. ^ "Former AHL star looks to score one for MS awareness". May 2, 2017.
  23. ^ "2018 class named for Milton Sports Hall of Fame induction". June 27, 2018.
  24. ^ "2019 induction class named for Milton Sports Hall of Fame". July 2019.
  25. ^ "Milwaukee Admirals".
  26. ^ "2013-14 Hockey East Media Guide". Hockey East. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  27. ^ "2010–11 First and Second All-Stars named". AHL.com. March 31, 2011. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 31, 2011.
  28. ^ "American Hockey League Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2020". OurSports Central. October 10, 2019.

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