January 8, 1971 |
Deer Lake, NL, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|Played for||New York Rangers (1994–2000)
Carolina Hurricanes (2000–2002)
Vancouver Canucks (2002–2003)
Montreal Canadiens (2003–2004)
New Jersey Devils (2005–2006)
Darren Michael Langdon (born January 8, 1971) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former professional player. He was undrafted but signed his first pro contract in 1993 with the New York Rangers. Retired from the NHL, Langdon used to coach the Corner Brook Royals of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League after previously playing for the club, they folded in the summer of 2016.
Langdon began his pro career with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL, where he holds the record for most penalty minutes in a season, then played with Binghamton Rangers of the AHL, farm team for the New York Rangers.
Langdon is most famous for his hockey fighting ability. He has been described as an experienced and enduring hockey fighter who is at his best during the second half of the fight.
Langdon has stated in an interview by The Telegram that his career with the NHL is over, citing his age. His contract with the Devils expired in June, 2006 and was not renewed. Langdon played in 521 NHL games, which was the most by any Newfoundlander. 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 twice selected in 1996 and 1997 as winner of the Players’ Player Award, an award voted on by the Rangers themselves.
He played several seasons with the Western Royals of the Newfoundland Senior Hockey League before coaching the Royals which he continues to do. 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. His middle name Michael was confirmed in a telephone conversation.
In 2014, Langdon retired from the senior hockey circuit at age 43 after eight seasons with Deer Lake and Corner Brook as a player to move behind the bench as coach of the Corner Brook Royals.
In 2015, Langdon was inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.
Langdon and his wife Jillian have four children, three of them being triplets. Jillian is Langdon's high school sweetheart and they married in 1997. Langdon resides in Deer Lake where he coaches his 2 sons Drew & Brett (2/3 of the triplets) Highschool hockey team the Elwood Regional High Lakers. He is also the Minor Hockey coach for their midget team. In 2007, Langdon stood for nomination as the Progressive Conservative candidate in a February 2007 by-election in the Humber Valley district. He opened Langer's, a popular bar decorated with his hockey memorabilia in Deer Lake. There are 17 Langdons in the Deer Lake telephone listings; his father is from a family of 17, his mother, a clan of 13.
- CBRoyals.ca: Royals sign Wall and Langdon
- The Telegram interview by Brendan McCarthy, April 12, 2006.