2006-07: Played for coach Jim Salfi and the Capital District Selects of the EJHL. The team struggled while Darling split time with Chance Lieb. He managed to put up a 9-9-3 record, a 3.37 goals-against average and led the league with a .927 save percentage.
2007-08: Played for the Indiana Ice in the USHL. Became the starter and helped backstop the Ice to the top of the east division with a 35-19-6 record. Darling finished the regular season with a 27-10-2 record, while posting a 3.04 goals-against-average and a .908 save percentage. He earned goaltender of the week honors on Nov. 12, Jan. 21, and Feb. 4 for his strong play.
2008-09: In 27 starts for the University of Maine Darling posted a 10-14-3 record, 2.76 GAA, a .895 save percentage, and 3 shutouts.
2009-10: In his sophomore season with U of Maine, he posted a 15-6-3 record, 3.10 GAA, and a .895 save percentage.
A huge goalie standing 6’6, Darling uses his size and athleticism to cover a large portion of the net. Struggles with his rebound control and needs to do a better job of battling in the crease.
After a forgettable season in the SPHL, Darling’s pro career seems destined to continue in the low minor-leagues and he is likely not in the Coyotes plans moving forward.