October 22, 1979 |
Milton, ON, CAN
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
Grand Rapids Griffins
Lake Erie Monsters
|NHL Draft||248th overall, 1999
Darren Haydar (born October 22, 1979) is a Canadian professional ice hockey winger. He currently plays with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL). Haydar was selected by the Nashville Predators in the 9th round (248th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Playing career 
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. 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. 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. At seasons 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.
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.
For the 2008–09 season, Haydar was signed by the Detroit Red Wings on July 23, 2008. 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.
On July 4, 2009, Haydar was signed by the Colorado Avalanche to a one-year contract. Haydar was re-assigned 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. Upon his return Haydar was recalled by the injury hit Avalanche on February 10, 2010. 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. 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.
A free agent at seasons end, Haydar signed an AHL contract to return to the team he formerly captained, the Chicago Wolves on July 28, 2010.
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.
His older brother Jeff Haydar was also a hockey player.
Career statistics 
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards & achievements 
- AHL All-Time Playoff goals record- 59
- AHL All-Time Playoff assist record- 76
- AHL All-Time Playoff points record- 135
- "Preds sign their '99th ninth-round draft pick". ESPN. 2002-09-11. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Thrashers sign Braithwaite, Krog and Haydar". Atlanta Thrashers. 2006-07-04. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Haydar ends streak". ChiTown Daily News. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Chicago's Haydar named AHL MVP". mysportsbook. 2007-04-13. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Devils score in final minute to vault past winless Thrashers". CBS Sports. 2007-10-13. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Haydar, Oulahen sign one-year deals". Detroit Red Wings. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Haydar named to AHL second team". Detroit Red Wings. 2009-04-02. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Haydar signs with Avs to give NHL 'one last chance'". Milton Canadian Champion. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-07-30.
- "Darren Haydar named to AHL All-Star Team". The Plain Dealer. 2009-12-29. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Avs O'Reilly a game time decision". Denver Post. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Cumiskey OT hero as Avs rally for win". CBS Sports. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2010-03-01.
- "Haydar hits 600 in season finale". AHL. 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
- "Former Captain and League MVP Haydar returns to Chicago". Chicago Wolves. 2010-07-28. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
- "2010–11 First and Second All-Stars named". AHL.com. 2011-03-31. Retrieved 2011-03-31.