Maine Hockey Journal

UMaine cut ties with Darling

Scott Darling days with the University of Maine men’s ice hockey team are numbered.

After a tremulous season that saw Darling suspended from the team, he was finally released by Maine head coach Tim Whitehead, and will now begin his professional career with the Phoenix Coyotes organization.

Darling didn’t return a call to Maine Hockey Journal on Wednesday and Whitehead wasn’t available at the time this story was posted.

Darling, 21, became the starting goaltender for the Maine this season, recording a 15-6-3 record with a 3.10 GAA and a.895 save percentage.

Drafted by the Coyotes in the sixth round (#153 overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Darling has yet to be signed by the Coyotes, although per the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement Phoenix wouldn’t have to sign him until Aug. 2012, the year he would have graduated school. With his departure from Maine, it’s likely the Coyotes will sign him and place him with their AHL affiliate in San Antonio, TX.

Darling has had problems in the past with the school, which resulted in being suspended. His issues seemed to come to a head following a game against Merrimack on Jan. 9th when he suffered an MCL sprain. He’s miss the next four games before returning to the lineup before being suspended on Mar. 5th for violating team rules.

He was suspended indefinitely, missing the rest of Maine’s regular season, and all playoff games.

Darling issued statement through the university’s public relations department apologizing for his actions, but at the end of the day, it appears not to be enough in Whitehead’s eyes.

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