Hockey fans know Darren Pang as the hockey analyst from TSN. Pang was destined for a possible long and successful NHL career before it all came to an end with a devastating knee injury during the 1990 NHL pre-season.
Pang played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 1981-82 to 1983-84. He began his career in Belleville, it was the inaugural season for the Bulls. During his second season, he was traded to the Ottawa 67’s, where he finished out his OHL career.
His final season in Ottawa earned him several accolades. He was awarded the Dave Pinkney Trophy (which he shared with Scott Coram) and was selected First Team OHL All-Star. The 67’s beat out the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL playoff finals to win the Robertson Cup. Ottawa then went on to win the Memorial Cup with another victory over the Kitchener Rangers, who were the host team. Pang was the Memorial Cup all-star goalie and won the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the Memorial Cup tournament’s top goaltender.
Darren wasn’t drafted to an NHL club but after starring in the IHL for a few years after leaving the Ontario Hockey League, he picked up a job with the Chicago Blackhawks and spent 1987-88 and 1988-89 with the NHL team, playing a good portion of the games. In his first season, he was selected to the NHL’s All-Rookie team.