Darren Langdon

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Darren Langdon
Born (1971-01-08) January 8, 1971 (age 47)
Deer Lake, Newfoundland, Canada
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for New York Rangers
Carolina Hurricanes
Vancouver Canucks
Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1992–2006

Darren Michael Langdon (born January 8, 1971) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former professional player. Undrafted, he signed his first professional contract in 1993 with the New York Rangers. After retiring from the NHL, Langdon coached a former team, the Corner Brook Royals of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League, until the team folded in the summer of 2016.[1] While playing in the NHL, Langdon was best known for his hockey fighting ability and was considered an enforcer.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Langdon began his professional career with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL, where he held the record for most penalty minutes in a season. He then played with Binghamton Rangers of the AHL, the farm team for the New York Rangers.

Langdon played in 521 NHL games.[3][4] His NHL totals were 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points and 1,251 penalties in minutes, with more than half coming in fighting majors. He played for the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks. Langdon was selected in 1996 and 1997 as winner of the Rangers' Players’ Player Award, voted on by his teammates.

Langdon retired from playing in the senior hockey circuit at age 43 after eight seasons to move behind the bench as coach of the Corner Brook Royals.[5] Langdon has also played with the Deer Lake Red Wings of the WCSHL and played one season with the Summerside Western Capitals in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League. He played for and coached Deer Lake during the 2004-05 NHL lockout and helped the club to a Herder Memorial Trophy.

In 2015, Langdon was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.[4]

Fighting[edit]

During Langdon's time in New York he often worked protecting star Wayne Gretzky. He was primarily a second half fighter who would dodge the first 10-15 punches before unloading.

Some significant feats of Langdon's fighting career include:[6]

Personal life[edit]

Langdon married his high school sweetheart, Jillian, in 1997.[7] They have four children, three of them being triplets.[2] The Langdons reside in Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador, where Langdon coaches his sons Drew and Brett high school hockey team, the Elwood Regional High Lakers.[8] He is also the minor hockey coach for their midget team.[9] In 2007, Langdon stood for nomination as the Progressive Conservative candidate in a February 2007 by-election in the Humber Valley district.[7] He opened Langer's, a bar decorated with his hockey memorabilia in Deer Lake.[10] Some of the memorabilia include three Wayne Gretzky sticks, a signed No. 99 jersey, multiple pucks. and items from every one of his former New York teammates. He was affectionately called a weasel because of the sheer magnitude of items he had collected.[10] He comes from a large family; his father is from a family of 17, his mother, a family of 13.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992-93 Binghamton Rangers AHL 18 3 4 7 115 8 0 1 1 14
1992-93 Dayton Bombers ECHL 54 23 22 45 429 3 0 1 1 40
1993-94 Binghamton Rangers AHL 54 2 7 9 327
1994-95 Binghamton Rangers AHL 55 6 14 20 296 11 1 3 4 84
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 18 1 1 2 62
1995-96 Binghamton Rangers AHL 1 0 0 0 12
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 64 7 4 11 175 2 0 0 0 0
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 60 3 6 9 195 10 0 0 0 2
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 70 3 3 6 197
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 44 0 0 0 80
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 21 0 1 1 26
2000-01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 54 0 2 2 94 4 0 0 0 12
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 58 2 1 3 106
2002–03 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 9 0 0 0 16
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 45 0 1 1 143
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 64 0 3 3 135 9 1 0 1 6
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 14 0 1 1 22
NHL totals 521 16 23 39 1251 25 1 0 1 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ CBRoyals.ca: Royals sign Wall and Langdon Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Kerr, Grant (November 21, 2002). "Langdon basks in his unlikely career". Globe and Mail. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  3. ^ The Telegram interview by Brendan McCarthy, April 12, 2006.
  4. ^ a b "Colbourne, Langdon headed to Hall of Fame". The Western Star. May 7, 2015. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  6. ^ http://dropyourgloves.com/Fights/FightCard.aspx?P=2456
  7. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-20. Retrieved 2015-11-19.
  8. ^ "Elwood High Lakers stage furious rally to capture high school hockey league crown". The Western Star. April 10, 2017. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  9. ^ Kearsey, Dave (November 11, 2015). "Langdon and bantam Kings host Thunder this weekend". The Western Star. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Price, Laura (April 17, 1999). "THE GREAT ONE RETIRES / Huge Loss and a Celebration / Teammates". Newsday. Retrieved July 3, 2018.

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