Darren Pang

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Darren Pang
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Born (1964-02-17) February 17, 1964 (age 54)
Meaford, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1984–1989

Darren Robert "Panger" Pang (born February 17, 1964) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey goaltender. He played his professional career with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (1984–85 and 1987–89).[1]

He is currently a hockey media personality with the St. Louis Blues, and also does occasional work on nationally televised hockey broadcasts. He is good friends with former long-time Detroit Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman.

Playing career[edit]

Pang grew up playing hockey in Nepean, Ontario for the Nepean Raiders. As a youth, he played alongside many future NHLers, including Doug Smith, Dan Quinn and Steve Yzerman.

Pang played in many minor hockey tournaments as a youth goalie. He played for the West Ottawa Golden Knights alongside former NHLer Dan Quinn, in the Quebec Pee Wee Tournament, and for the Nepean Raiders Major Midget team that represented Ontario in the Air Canada Cup as a 15-year-old.

He was the first goalie drafted by the expansion Belleville Bulls, winning their first ever game in the OHL. He was traded to the Ottawa 67's, where he won the Memorial Cup in 1984, while garnering the Top goalie and All-Star team awards.

Standing 5'5",[2] Pang was the 2nd shortest goalie behind only Roy "Shrimp" Worters to play in the NHL, and was often humorously considered to have a "sixth hole" above his head. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1988, and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the year, won by Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk. His first win was recorded on October 18, 1987 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Pang was signed as a free agent by the Chicago Blackhawks on August 15, 1984. He also set a Blackhawks goaltender's record with six assists in the 1987–1988 NHL season, and had 9 points in his brief NHL career. Pang suffered a career-ending knee injury on September 21, 1990, during training camp. During his playing career, he was known to vomit before each game, as Glenn Hall had.

Broadcast career[edit]

Today, Pang is a "Inside the Glass" reporter for the St. Louis Blues on Fox Sports Midwest and a part time analyst for Sportsnet and NHL Network. He has also been an "Inside the Glass" reporter for regular season and playoff action for the NHL on NBC. Pang also contributes to Home Ice, XM Satellite Radio's all-hockey channel. Before joining the Blues, he was the color commentator for the Phoenix Coyotes and a part time analyst for TSN. On July 9, 2009, it was announced that he would be the color commentator for the St. Louis Blues TV broadcasts, with former color man Bernie Federko, who moved between the benches, while John Kelly and Pang work together in the broadcast booth.

Previously, Pang was a top analyst for ESPN National Hockey Night[3] and NHL on ABC for 13 seasons and has broadcast over 95 Stanley Cup Finals games on national TV. He has worked as an analyst for three Winter Olympics. On CBS for the 1998 games in Nagano, Japan, he was assigned as the first Olympic reporter that received full access "between the benches" with no glass separating him from the benches. He also worked as an on ice analyst/reporter in 2002 for NBC and in 2010 he worked as a studio analyst for CTV/TSN alongside Bob McKenzie, Nick Kypreos, Daren Millard and James Duthie.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1980–81 Nepean Raiders CCHL 41 2316 154 0 3.99
1981–82 Belleville Bulls OHL 47 15 21 1 2234 173 0 4.65
1982–83 Belleville Bulls OHL 12 3 8 0 570 44 0 4.63
1982–83 Ottawa 67's OHL 47 28 14 3 2729 166 1 3.65 9 5 4 510 33 0 3.88
1983–84 Ottawa 67's OHL 43 29 10 1 2318 117 2 3.03 13 726 41 1 3.31
1983–84 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 3 1 226 13 0 3.45
1984–85 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 1 0 1 0 60 4 0 4.00 .818
1984–85 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 53 19 29 3 3129 226 0 4.33
1985–86 Saginaw Generals IHL 44 21 21 0 2638 148 2 3.37 8 3 5 492 32 0 3.90
1986–87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 7 4 2 0 389 21 0 3.24 .885 3 1 2 200 11 0 3.30
1986–87 Saginaw Generals IHL 44 25 16 0 2500 151 0 3.62
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 17 23 1 2547 163 0 3.84 .891 4 1 3 239 18 0 4.52 .862
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 35 10 11 6 1644 120 0 4.38 .869 2 0 0 10 0 0 0.00 1.000
1988–89 Saginaw Hawks IHL 2 1 0 0 89 6 0 4.04
1989–90 Indianapolis Ice IHL 7 4 1 2 401 17 1 2.54 4 3 1 253 12 0 2.85
IHL totals 150 70 67 5 8757 548 3 3.75 12 6 6 745 44 0 3.54
NHL totals 81 27 35 7 4251 287 0 4.05 .882 6 1 3 249 18 0 4.35 .866

"Pang's stats". The Goaltender Home Page. Retrieved 2017-09-28. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sipple, George (August 24, 2013). "Ex-goalie Darren Pang praises Jimmy Howard's progres". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  2. ^ McDill, Kent (November 29, 1987). "Don't Sell Him Short: A 5-5 Goalie, Darren Pang, Manages to Stand Tall in Net for the Blackhawks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Marchand, Andrew (May 7, 2004). "5 Questions for Darren Pang". New York Post. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 

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