|BIRTHPLACE:||St. Andrews, MB, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||DET: 2005-132 overall|
|Entering his fourth professional season …Won his first Stanley Cup championship in 2008… Entering the 2010-11 season, has played in 98 career regular-season games and 53 career postseason games…Has recorded four career multi-point games.
2009-10: Appeared in a career high 75 games for Detroit…Registered career highs with 11 goals, 13 assists, 24 points and 18 PIM…Led Detroit with three shorthanded goals…Notched two shorthanded goals on 12/31 vs. Colorado, his first career multi-goal game…Led all Detroit forward with 187 hits…Scored his first career regular season goal on 10/29 at Edmonton…Three of his 11 goals were game-winning goals…Won 51.1% of his face-offs taken during the regular-season…Averaged 14:29 of ice time during the regular season…Appeared in all 12 postseason games for Detroit…Registered his only point of the postseason when he scored in Round 1, Game 6 vs. Phoenix…Averaged 13:56 of ice time during the postseason.
2008-09: Appeared in a career high 16 regular-season games for Detroit…Recorded his first career NHL regular season point (assist) on 2/15 vs. COL…Averaged 12:25 of ice time in regular season…Appeared in all 23 postseason games for Detroit…Recorded five points (4-1—5) during 2009 postseason…Scored series clinching OT goal vs. CHI in Game Five of the Western Conference Finals…Averaged 12:05 of ice time during postseason…Led Detroit and the NHL with 118 postseason hits…Appeared in 55 games for Grand Rapids (AHL)…Registered 37 points (13-24—37) for the Griffins…Notched four power-play goals and three shorthanded goals in Grand Rapids.
2007-08: Appeared in seven regular-season games with Detroit…. Made his NHL debut vs. Dallas 3/13, playing 7:00 and finishing ‘even’….Did not register a point in seven regular season games….Suffered SC sprain early in Red Wings’ training camp and missed entire pre-season…Appeared in 18 postseason games for Detroit….Made his NHL postseason debut in Round One Game Five vs. Nashville after being a healthy scratch for Games One through Four….Notched his first career postseason point (assist) in Round 1 Game 6 vs. Nashville….Finished the postseason with 2 goals, 2 assists and a +2 rating….Averaged 7:30 time on ice per postseason game….Won his first Stanley Cup championship….Appeared in 67 AHL games with Grand Rapids, registering 16-15—31....Finished third on the Griffins with 181 shots on goal.
2006-07: Appeared in 59 games for the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League…Finished with 64 points on 25 goals and a career high 39 assists….Led the Tigers in postseason scoring with 10 goals and 22 points (finished second in WHL)…. Selected to Memorial Cup All-Star Team….Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Championship in Sweden.
Lives at home in St. Andrews, Manitoba during the off-season…Darren’s hockey hero growing up: Joe Sakic…Favorite food: steak…Favorite sport besides hockey: volleyball.