Darling Won't Return to Maine
CHN Staff Report
ORONO, Maine Maine goaltender Scott Darling will not be returning for his junior year, the Bangor Daily News reported. He intends to go to camp with the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes.
According to coach Tim Whitehead, Darling, who was suspended late last season, failed to follow through on a number of "guidelines" the coaching staff had set for him to return.
Darling, 21, performed well for the Black Bears, but his suspension last season was his third in 16 months with the program.
The latest one came just before the team's final weekend of the regular season. He sat out that weekend, plus the five Hockey East tournament games. Last summer, Darling was cited for violating the school's code of conduct, and was suspended for the first two games of the season. And in November 2008, Darling was benched after missing a team workout.
Darling returned after the two-game suspension to start last season, and played well at times, though inconsistently, finishing with a 3.10 goals against average, 89.5 save percentage and 15-6-3 record.
Darling was drafted by Phoenix in the sixth round (153rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft.
The move leaves Maine with four goaltenders, including little-used returners Josh Seeley and Shawn Sirman. More than likely, freshmen Dan Sullivan and Martin Ouellette will compete for the job. Ouellette is ranked No. 13 on Central Scouting's list of top 30 North American goaltenders eligible for the NHL Draft.