March 23, 1965 |
Kirkland Lake, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||Buffalo Sabres
Toronto Maple Leafs
Tampa Bay Lightning
|NHL Draft||74th overall, 1983
Daren James Puppa (born March 23, 1965) was born in Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Canada and is a former professional ice hockey goaltender in the NHL. During his career he played for the Buffalo Sabres, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
He started his career splitting time between the Sabres and the AHL's Rochester Americans, before becoming the Sabres' main goalie until 1992–93. That season he was traded to the Maple Leafs, but played only eight games for them before being claimed by the Lightning via the Panthers in the 1993 NHL Expansion Draft. In 1995–96, Puppa's stellar goaltending was a major factor in the Lightning earning their first playoff berth in team history. The team took the heavily-favoured Philadelphia Flyers to six games before losing in the first round.
However, the next season Puppa developed chronic back trouble, and only played six games for the entire season. He only played 44 more games over the next four years, and he was forced to retire midway through the 1999–2000 season.
He currently lives in Grand Island, New York.
|1992–93||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||8||6||2||0||479||18||2||2.25||.922|
|1993–94||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||63||22||33||6||1472||165||4||2.71||.899|
|1994–95||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||36||14||19||2||2013||90||1||2.68||.905|
|1995–96||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||57||29||16||9||3189||131||5||2.46||.918|
|1996–97||Adirondack Red Wings||AHL||1||1||0||0||62||3||0||2.90||.864|
|1996–97||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||6||1||1||2||325||14||0||2.58||.907|
|1997–98||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||26||5||14||6||1456||66||0||2.72||.900|
|1998–99||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||13||5||6||1||691||33||2||2.87||.906|
|1999–2000||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||5||1||2||0||249||19||0||4.58||.853|
- Daren Puppa's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Daren Puppa's biography at Legends of Hockey
|Awards and achievements|
|ECAC Hockey Most Outstanding Player in Tournament