EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New Jersey Devils have signed left wing Darren Langdon, who began his professional career with Dayton of the ECHL.
In his rookie season in 1992-93, the 6-1 and 205-pound Langdon scored 45 points (23g-22a) and ranked second in the league with 429 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games and had 40 penalty minutes and one assist in three playoff games with Dayton.
Following his season in Dayton, the undrafted Langdon was signed as a free agent by the New York Rangers on August 16, 1993, playing parts of four seasons with Binghamton of the American Hockey League.
In 2003-04 with Montreal, the 33-year-old Langdon had a team-leading 135 penalty minutes and three assists in 64 regular season games while also appearing in nine playoff games for the Canadiens. He was acquired by the Canadiens from Carolina in the NHL Waiver Draft on October 3, 2003, having been traded to Carolina by Vancouver on November 1, 2002 after two plus seasons with the Hurricanes. He began his NHL career with the New York Rangers in 1994-95, appearing in 18 games, and remained with the Rangers until he was traded to Carolina on August 4, 2000.
Entering his 10th season in the NHL, Langdon has 38 points (16g-22a) and 1,229 penalty minutes in 507 regular games with the New York Rangers, Carolina, Vancouver and Montreal.
The Premier “AA” Hockey League, the ECHL had affiliations with 21 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 and every NHL team had an ECHL player play for it in 2003-04. In 2003-04 there were 40 players that played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL, surpassing the high of 27 players in 1999-2000 and 2000-01. Eleven players, including eight goaltenders, appeared in both the ECHL and the NHL in 2003-04, breaking the high of five players in 2001-02, and a total of 116 ECHL players played in the NHL in 2003-04. There have been 255 players that have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL.
For the fifth consecutive year the ECHL is represented on the Stanley Cup Champion with Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy as well as radio play-by-play announcer Dave Mishkin and assistant equipment manager Dana Heinze. On his day with the Stanley Cup, Heinze took hockey’s most treasured trophy to visit his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, home of the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL.
There were former ECHL coaches behind the benches of 14 of the 28 teams in the American Hockey League and all 28 teams in the AHL had an ECHL player take the ice for them in 2003-04. The ECHL had affiliation agreements with 21 of the 28 teams in the AHL and there were over 90 players on AHL contracts in the ECHL in 2003-04. There were more than 220 players that played in both the ECHL and the AHL in 2003-04 and the ECHL had 425 call-ups, involving 234 players, to the AHL during the regular season.
For the 15th consecutive season, an ECHL player is a member of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Champion. In addition to Claude Noel, who is in his first season as head coach, Milwaukee had eight players and radio announcer Kyle Schultz, who are all alumni of the ECHL.