Scott Darling (born December 22, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes. Darling was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth round, 153rd overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Darling while with the Chicago Blackhawks in December 2014
December 22, 1988|
Newport News, Virginia, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 6 in (198 cm)|
|Weight||232 lb (105 kg; 16 st 8 lb)|
|National team||United States|
153rd overall, 2007|
Darling grew up in Chicago's southern suburb of Lemont, Illinois, and as a child idolized the Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Ed Belfour. He played minor ice hockey with the AA Vikings (Orland Park), AA Huskies (then Darien, now Romeoville) and AAA Team Illinois and Chicago Young Americans. He played in the 2002 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with the Chicago Young Americans. He attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, in eighth grade and played AAA hockey for the Hounds. He attended Lemont High School.
On July 1, 2014, the Chicago Blackhawks signed Darling as a free agent to his first NHL contract on a one-year deal. Darling made his NHL debut on October 26, 2014, against the Ottawa Senators, making 32 saves in the 2–1 win. He became the first former Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) player to play in an NHL game. On November 1, 2014, it was announced Darling had been reassigned to the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, following starting goaltender Corey Crawford's recovery from an upper-body injury. However, Darling was recalled two weeks later, on November 15, 2014.
On February 22, 2015, Darling was promoted from Rockford and placed onto Chicago's NHL roster, replacing Antti Raanta as the team's backup goaltender, who himself was demoted to Rockford. The Blackhawks also signed a Darling to a two-year contract extension. On March 18, 2015, Darling recorded his first NHL shutout in a Blackhawks' victory over the New York Rangers. On April 15, 2015, Darling recorded his first playoff win after replacing Crawford in net, making 42 saves, with the Blackhawks defeating the Nashville Predators 4–3 in double overtime. Darling set an NHL record in his debut for the longest relief appearance without allowing a goal (67:44), as well as the most saves in relief without allowing a goal (42). On June 15, 2015, Darling became the first Chicago-area native player to win a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. 
On April 28, 2017, at the conclusion of the Blackhawks season in 2016–17, Darling's rights as a pending free agent were traded to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the Ottawa Senators' original third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. On May 6, 2017, Darling agreed to terms with the Hurricanes on a four-year contract. His first season with Carolina was underwhelming, as he recorded a 13–21–7 record with a 3.18 goals against average (GAA).
On November 29, 2018, the Hurricanes placed Darling on waivers. At that point, he had a .892 save percentage in seven appearances for the club. He cleared the following day, and joined the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. On February 10, 2019, Darling was granted a "personal leave of absence" from the Charlotte Checkers and the Hurricanes organization for an undetermined period of time. 
In the off-season, Darling's unsuccessful tenure with the Hurricanes ended as he was traded along with a 2020 sixth-round draft pick to the Florida Panthers in exchange for James Reimer on June 30, 2019. He was promptly placed on unconditional waivers by the Panthers to buy out the remaining two years of his contract.
|Representing United States|
Darling played for the United States in the 2018 IIHF World Championship, mainly serving as the backup to Keith Kinkaid. He recorded featured in two wins in as many games with a 2.25 GAA and a .870 save percentage. On May 20, the United States defeated Canada 4–1 to win the bronze medal.
Born in Newport News, Virginia, Darling was the son of an Army officer who was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington and Fort Rucker, Alabama before the family finally settled in the Chicago suburb of Lemont. At the University of Maine, he was involved in excessive partying and by his sophomore year was abusing alcohol. He frequently violated the school's code of conduct and was given three suspensions within a 16-month period, resulting in him being dropped from the hockey team.
After bouncing around for several years through various minor hockey leagues, his goaltender coach Brian Daccord said he was not permitted to play at his hockey school until he made a dedicated commitment to the gym. It was at this time, he lost nearly 40 pounds and gave up alcohol in 2011. Darling said even at the lowest point, after being cut from what might have been the worst team in organized hockey, he never forgot something his father told him about getting ahead: "It was kind of like his motto—'Saw the wood that's in front of you.' " 
|2005–06||North Iowa Outlaws||NAHL||8||2||4||0||405||28||0||4.15||.888||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||North Iowa Outlaws||NAHL||1||0||0||0||15||3||0||12.00||.786||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2006–07||Capital District Selects||EJHL||22||9||9||3||1,242||70||1||3.38||.924||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||University of Maine||HE||27||10||14||3||1,566||72||3||2.76||.895||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||University of Maine||HE||27||15||6||3||1,511||78||0||3.10||.895||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Darling, Scott (December 23, 2014). "An Interview with Goalie Scott Darling of the Chicago Blackhawks". Puck Junk (Interview). Interviewed by Sal Barry. Archived from the original on December 30, 2014. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
- Reading Royals (August 29, 2010). "Royals Sign Goaltender Scott Darling" (Press release). Reading Royals. Archived from the original on July 14, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2012 – via OurSportsCentral.com.
- "Scott Darling Nets Shutout in First Start Between Pipes for Admirals". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 2, 2013. Archived from the original on November 18, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
- Chicago Blackhawks (July 1, 2014). "Blackhawks Agree to Terms with Three" (Press release). Chicago Blackhawks. Archived from the original on July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- Hedger, Brian (October 26, 2014). "Blackhawks to Start Rookie Goaltender vs. Senators". National Hockey League. Archived from the original on October 27, 2014. Retrieved October 26, 2014.
- "Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks, 10/26/2014". National Hockey League. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
- Southern Professional Hockey League. "Former SPHL Goaltender Scott Darling Win NHL Debut" (Press release). Southern Professional Hockey League. Retrieved October 27, 2014.
- Myers, Tracey (November 1, 2014). "Blackhawks Updates: Crawford Starts, Darling Reassigned". CSN Chicago. Archived from the original on December 14, 2014. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
- Chicago Blackhawks (November 15, 2014). "Blackhawks Recall Darling, Assign Raanta" (Press release). Chicago Blackhawks. Archived from the original on November 20, 2014. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
- National Hockey League (February 22, 2015). "Blackhawks Recall Goalie Darling, Send Down Raanta" (Press release). National Hockey League. Retrieved February 25, 2015.
- Knobler, Danny (March 18, 2015). "Brad Richards, Scott Darling Enjoy Unforgettable Outings in Win at Rangers". ESPN. Archived from the original on March 20, 2015. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- "Blackhawks Top Preds in 2OT After 3-Goal Deficit, Pulling Corey Crawford". ESPN. Associated Press. April 16, 2015.
- Lewis, Tisha (June 16, 2015). "Scott Darling: First Blackhawk Raised in Chicago Area to Win Stanley Cup". MyFoxChicago. Chicago: WFLD-TV. Archived from the original on June 18, 2015.
- TSN.ca Staff (April 28, 2017). "Hurricanes Acquire Rights to Darling from Blackhawks". The Sports Network. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
- Williams, Terrell (May 6, 2017). "Hurricanes, Darling Agree to Four-Year Deal" (Press release). Carolina Hurricanes. Archived from the original on May 6, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2017 – via National Hockey League.
- Armstrong, Mark. "Darling finished with Hurricanes; a free agent signing gone wrong". Durham, NC: WTVD-TV. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
- Alexander, Chip [@ice_chip] (November 30, 2018). "Darling clears waivers, was on ice with Checkers this morning. Zykov claimed by Edmonton" (Tweet). Retrieved November 30, 2018 – via Twitter.
- Alexander, Chip (February 10, 2019). "Canes Goalie Scott Darling Taking Personal Leave of Absence". The News & Observer. Raleigh, NC. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
- Florida Panthers (June 30, 2019). "Panthers Acquire Scott Darling and a 6th Round Pick from Carolina" (Press release). Florida Panthers. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
- "IIHF World Championship 2018 - Goalie Stats". QuantHockey.
- Cerny, Jim. "USA beats Canada 4-1, captures bronze at 2018 IIHF World Championship". Sporting News. Retrieved May 20, 2018.
- Simmons, Jeff (April 16, 2015). "Person of Interest: The 411 on Scott Darling". Sportsnet. Archived from the original on April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- Campbell, Ken (November 17, 2014). "After Overcoming His Demons, Scott Darling Wants to Make Mark on the NHL". The Hockey News. Archived from the original on December 2, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
- Litke, Jim (April 15, 2015). "From South Suburbs to Lowest Rung of Minors, Local Hero Scott Darling Finally Back Home". Canada.com. Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
- Cohen, Jay (June 15, 2015). "Chicago Blackhawks Win the Stanley Cup". The Huffington Post. Associated Press. Archived from the original on June 16, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.