Monday, October 10, 2016

Darren Langdon Autograph card

Let's continue with our month of toughness with 11-year NHL enforcer Darren Langdon, whose career 1251 penalty minutes is comprised of more fighting majors than any other type combined. It makes sense, then, that the undrafted winger from Newfoundland started in the ECHL, with the Dayton Bombers, accumulating no less than 429 PIMs in just 54 games (along with 23 goals and 22 assists, mind you, though I have no idea how he managed to spend enough time off the penalty bench to participate in 45 goals) in 1992-93.

He paid his dues with the Binghamton Rangers for a few years and eventually became a permanent fixture with the New York Rangers in 1995-96. The Rangers traded him, along with former New York Islanders prospect Rob DiMaio, to the Carolina Hurricanes prior to the 2000-01 season, and he spent a little over two seasons with the Canes, until they traded him (with future Rangers shootout specialist Marek Malik) to the Vancouver Canucks for Harold Druken and Jan Hlavac.

He spent the 2003-04 season with the Montréal Canadiens - who claimed him off waivers - and played his final 16 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils in 2005-06.

From 2002-06, he did not score a single goal and had 5 assists in 132 games; he did get 316 penalty minutes in that span, though.

Here he is wearing the Blueshirts' then-away uniform, from In The Game's 2013-14 Enforcers II set and Autograph sub-set:
It's card #A-DL in the series, featuring a black-sharpied on-sticker autograph made to resemble a band aid.

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