Darren Pang (born February 17, 1964) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He played his professional career with the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League (1984–85 and 1987–89).
He is currently a hockey media personality with Chicago Blackhawks, 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 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 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", 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 Chicago Blackhawks Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WGN Sports and a part time analyst for NHL on NBC. He was recently named an "Inside the Glass" reporter for regular season and playoff action for NHL on NBC and Chicago Blackhawks.
Pang was a top color commentator for ESPN National Hockey Night and NHL on ABC for 13 seasons and has broadcast over 95 Stanley Cup Finals games on National TV alongside Steve Levy.
Pang has worked as an analyst for 3 Winter Olympics. In 1998, in Nagano, Japan, he was assigned as the 1st Olympic reporter that received full access "between the benches" with no glass separating Pang from the benches on CBS. He also worked as an on ice analyst/reporter in 2002 for NBC.
On July 9, 2009, it was announced that he would be the rinkside reporter for the Chicago Blackhawks TV broadcasts.
Career statistics Edit
Regular season Edit
|1986–87||Nova Scotia Oilers||AHL||7||4||2||0||389||21||0||3.24||.885|
|1986–87||Nova Scotia Oilers||AHL||3||1||2||200||11||0||3.30||—|