Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Craig Darby
Drafted in the second round, 43rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Craig Darby played two years of NCAA hockey before turning professional. While at Providence College, Darby became a well-rounded hockey player with excellent defensive skills. In his first season at Providence College, he had 41 points on 17 goals and 24 assists in 35 games in 1991-92. The following year he also appeared in 35 games, where he had eleven goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 35 games.

In 1993, at the age of 21, Darby joined the farm team of the Montreal Canadiens, the Fredericton Canadiens of the AHL. In his first season, Darby dressed for 66 games, scoring 23 goals and 33 assists for 56 points in 66 games. He followed that up by scoring 68 points in 64 games the following year. This point production, combined with a strong defensive game, prompted interest from some NHL teams. In 1994-95 he suited up for ten games with the Canadiens, picking up a pair of assists. Late in the season he was sent to the New York Islanders in a trade with Kirk Muller and Mathieu Schneider, and he dressed for three games on the Island. Montreal received Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov in return. His Islanders career lasted another ten games into the 1995-96 season, but the bulk of his year was spent with the Worcester IceCats of the AHL where he played in 68 games, scoring 22 goals and 28 assists for 50 points.

Darby was claimed on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers on June 4, 1996 and played in 12 games over two rather forgettable seasons. Darby returned to the Montreal Canadiens in 1999-00 and spent three seasons in the Habs organization while spending some time with the team's AHL affiliate in Quebec City before joining the New Jersey Devils organization in 2002-03. Upon his arrival with the Devils, Darby spent most of his playing time with the team's AHL affiliate in Albany before being acquired by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the summer of 2004.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Albany Academy Cadets High-NY 29 11 27 38
1988-89 Albany Academy Cadets High-NY 29 36 40 76
1989-90 Albany Academy Cadets High-NY 29 32 53 85
1990-91 Albany Academy Cadets High-NY 29 33 61 94 4 8 1 9
1991-92 Providence College H-East 35 17 24 41 47
1992-93 Providence College H-East 35 11 21 32 62
1993-94 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 66 23 33 56 51
1994-95 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 64 21 47 68 82
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 10 0 2 2 0 -5
1994-95 New York Islanders NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -1
1995-96 New York Islanders NHL 10 0 2 2 0 -1
1995-96 Worcester IceCats AHL 68 22 28 50 47 4 1 1 2 2
1996-97 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 9 1 4 5 2 +2
1996-97 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 59 26 33 59 24 10 3 6 9 0
1997-98 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 3 1 0 1 0 0
1997-98 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 77 42 45 87 34 +8 20 5 9 14 4
1998-99 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 81 32 22 54 33 -11 2 3 0 3 0
1999-00 Montreal Canadiens NHL 76 7 10 17 14 -14
2000-01 Montreal Canadiens NHL 78 12 16 28 16 -17
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 0 2 2 2 -1
2001-02 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Quebec Citadelles AHL 66 16 55 71 18 +21 3 2 1 3 0
2002-03 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 0 1 1 0 -1
2002-03 Albany River Rats AHL 76 23 51 74 42 -12
2003-04 New Jersey Devils NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
2003-04 Albany River Rats AHL 77 21 48 69 44 -15
2004-05 Springfield Falcons AHL 70 8 26 34 28 -5
2005-06 Manitoba Moose AHL 80 15 36 51 44 +3 13 3 7 10 2
2006-07 Augsburger Panther Germany 52 17 34 51 56
2007-08 Innsbrucker EV Austria 45 13 30 43 34
NHL Totals 196 21 35 56 32


Hockey East - Rookie of the Year (1992) (co-winner - Ian Moran)
AHL First All-Star Team (1998)
AHL Second All-Star Team (2003)
Traded to NY Islanders by Montreal with Kirk Muller and Mathieu Schneider for Pierre Turgeon and Vladimir Malakhov, April 5, 1995. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from NY Islanders, June 4, 1996. Claimed by Nashville from Philadelphia in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, August 4, 1999. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 12, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 19, 2004. Traded to Vancouver from Tampa Bay, September 9, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Augsburg (Germany), July 29, 2006.