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Scott Darling (born on December 22, 1988 in Newport News, Virginia) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL.

Playing CareerEdit

Amateur Playing CareerEdit

Darling grew up in Chicago's southern suburb of Lemont, Illinois and as a child, idolized the Chicago Blackhawks' goaltender Ed Belfour. He played youth hockey with the AA Vikings (Orland Park), AA Huskies (then Darien, now Romeoville) and AAA Team Illinois and Chicago Young Americans. He attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, SK in the 8th grade and played AAA hockey for the Hounds. He attended Lemont High School.

Prior to turning professional, Darling attended the University of Maine, where he played two seasons of NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey with the Black Bears ice hockey team.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

In the 2013–14 season, Darling enjoyed his most successful American Hockey League (AHL) season, earning 13 wins in 26 games with the Milwaukee Admirals.

On July 1, 2014, the Chicago Blackhawks signed Darling as a free agent to his first NHL contract on a one-year deal. He made his NHL debut on October 26, 2014, starting in goal against the Ottawa Senators, making 32 saves in the 2–1 win and became the first former Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) player to play in an NHL game.

On November 1, 2014, it was announced that Darling had been reassigned to the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs, following starting goaltender Corey Crawford's recovery from an upper-body injury, but he 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, whom 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, he 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. He 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.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT Min GA SO GAA SV% GP W L Min GA SO GAA SV%
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
2007–08 Indiana Ice USHL 42 27 10 2 2,391 121 1 3.04 .908 3 1 2 179 11 0 3.69 .889
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
2010–11 Louisiana IceGators SPHL 30 6 22 0 1,598 102 0 3.83 .892
2011–12 Mississippi RiverKings SPHL 35 15 17 1 2,055 100 1 2.92 .905 1 0 1 59 5 0 5.12 .762
2011–12 Florida Everblades ECHL 1 0 1 0 58 5 0 5.14 .773
2011–12 Wichita Thunder CHL 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.01 .840
2012–13 Wheeling Nailers ECHL 32 13 12 4 1,819 85 2 2.80 .907
2012–13 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 1 0 0 0 25 0 0 0.00 1.000
2013–14 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 26 13 6 2 1,347 45 6 2.00 .933
2013–14 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 6 4 1 1 368 16 0 2.61 .916
2014–15 Rockford Icehogs AHL 26 14 8 0 1,419 52 2 2.20 .927
2014–15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 14 9 4 0 833 27 1 1.94 .936 5 3 1 298 11 0 2.28 .936
2015–16 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 29 12 8 3 1,551 67 1 2.58 .915
2016–17 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 32 18 5 5 1689 67 2 2.38 .924
NHL totals 75 35 17 9 4,082 161 4 2.37 .923 5 3 1 298 11 0 2.28 .936

AccoladesEdit

  • Stanley Cup Champion (2015)

Personal LifeEdit

Born in Newport News, Virginia, Darling was the son of an Army officer who was stationed at Ft. Lewis, WA and Ft. Rucker, AL 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 3 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, Darling's goalie coach Brian Daccord said that 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 lbs 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." "

Darling played in Wayne Gretzky "Ice Hockey Classic" for Team USA in the summer of 2016 in Australia.

On January 31, 2016, his girlfriend, Martha posted a picture of her engagement ring to her Instagram and mentioned Darling. The following day, Darling confirmed the engagement on his Instagram.

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