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Darren Pang
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Born February 17, 1964 (1964-02-17) (age 55)
Meaford, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
Played for Chicago Blackhawks
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1984–1989

Darren Pang (born Darren Robert Pang on February 17, 1964) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender and currently a hockey media personality.

He played his professional career with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1984-85 and 1987-89.

Playing CareerEdit

Darren 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. He played in many prestigious 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 Ottawa in the Air Canada Cup as a 15 year old.

Darren 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 at 5'5", Darren 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.

On August 15, 1984, Darren 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 1987-88 NHL season and had 9 points in his brief NHL career.

On September 21, 1990, Darren suffered from a career-ending knee injury during training camp. During his playing career, he was known to vomit before each game as Glenn Hall had.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season Team League GP W L T 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
1983–84 Ottawa 67's OHL 43 29 10 1 2318 117 2 3.03
1984–85 Chicago Blackhawks 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
1986–87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 7 4 2 0 389 21 0 3.24 .885
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
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 35 10 11 6 1644 120 0 4.38 .869
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
IHL totals 150 70 67 5 8757 548 3 3.75
NHL totals 81 27 35 7 4251 287 0 4.05 .882

PlayoffsEdit

Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1982–83 Ottawa 67's OHL 9 5 4 510 33 0 3.88
1983–84 Ottawa 67's OHL 13 726 41 1 3.31
1983–84 Ottawa 67's M-Cup 5 3 1 226 13 0 3.45
1985–86 Saginaw Generals IHL 8 3 5 492 32 0 3.90
1986–87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 3 1 2 200 11 0 3.30
1987–88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 4 1 3 239 18 0 4.52 .862
1988–89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 2 0 0 10 0 0 0.00 1.000
1989–90 Indianapolis Ice IHL 4 3 1 253 12 0 2.85
IHL totals 12 6 6 745 44 0 3.54
NHL totals 6 1 3 249 18 0 4.35 .866

Broadcast CareerEdit

These days, Darren is a rinkside reporter for the Chicago Blackhawks TV broadcasts. He was recently named an "Inside the Glass" reporter for regular season and playoff action for NHL on NBC. He also contributes to Home Ice, XM Satellite Radio's all-hockey channel.

He was a top color commentator for ESPN National Hockey Night and NHL on ABC for 13 seasons alongside Steve Levy and has broadcast over 95 Stanley Cup Finals games on National TV.

He has worked as an analyst for 3 Winter Olympics.

In 1998 in Nagano, Japan, Darren was assigned as the first Olympic reporter that received full access "between the benches" with no glass separating him from the benches on CBS.

He also worked as an on rinkside reporter in 2002 for NBC.

On July 9, 2009, it was announced that Darren would be the rinkside reporter for the Chicago Blackhawks TV broadcasts while Pat Foley and Steve Konroyd work together in the broadcast booth.

Personal LifeEdit

Darren and his wife Lynn reside in St. Louis in the up-scale neighborhood of Lafayette Square.

His father Gerry Pang, was an associate coach with the NAHL's Fernie Ghostriders in 2003-2004.

He s best friend is former Detroit Red Wings captain and current Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman. He was the best man at Yzerman's wedding.

On January 2, 2007, Darren served as the master of ceremonies for Yzerman's jersey retirement ceremony which was held at Joe Louis Arena prior to a game between the Red Wings and the Anaheim Ducks.