Originally an Arizona Coyotes‘ 6th round pick in the 2007 draft (#153 overall) 5th year goaltender Scott Darling(33) took an unprecedented long journey to his first NHL game with Chicago Blackhawks, getting the 2-1 victory in the process.
The extra large 6’6″ 238 lbs. net minder was never signed after his selection from US junior hockey.
He advanced to play a couple of campaigns for University Of Maine Black Bears putting up decent stats but still found no takers.
He received a couple of call-ups but didn’t fare too well, although he would get a one-year deal with Wheeling Nailers for the next season.
Coming off a strong training camp, he was reassigned to affiliate Rockford IceHogs.
In 2 contests he won both and 1.44 GAA and .948 SV%.
The close to Chicago native from Lemont, IL received a well-deserved nod to start between the pipes upon his first recall.
At just 25-years old, he has gone all the way from single A to the show.