Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- David Ling
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, David Ling was chosen 179th overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, after averaging nearly a point per game as an OHL rookie with the Kingston Frontenacs. Ling returned to junior and led the league with 254 penalty minutes in 1993-94 then notched an OHL best 61 goals the next season. After being named the OHL MVP and the CHL Player-of-the-Year in 1995, Ling had his rights traded to the Calgary Flames later that summer but never played a regular season game for them.

During his first pro season, Ling scored 24 goals for the AHL's Saint John Flames and continued to supply grit up front. In October, 1996 he was sent to the Montreal Canadiens and made it into two games for the Habs. Most of his time was spent in the AHL where he was a feisty 20-goal scorer for the Fredericton Canadiens. Ling continued to toil in the minors and notched consecutive 30-goal seasons for the Kansas City Blades of the IHL in 1999 and 2000. He spent the 2000-01 season with the IHL's Utah Grizzlies before joining the Columbus Blue Jackets organization in 2001-02.

Upon his arrival in Columbus, Ling split three seasons with the Blue Jackets and their AHL affiliate in Syracuse. After his 2003-04 season had ended, he signed as a free agent with the Toronto Maple Leafs in July, 2004 and spent the entire season with the club's AHL affiliate in St. John's. Ling recorded a career high 88 points in St. John's that year and went on to compete with a pair of Russian clubs from 2005-2007. He returned to North America in 2007 after the Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed the Halifax, Nova Scotia native in the summer.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Charlottetown Abbies MJrHL 30 33 42 75 270
1991-92 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B 8 5 14 19 25
1992-93 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 64 17 46 63 275 16 3 12 15 72
1993-94 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 61 37 40 77 254 6 4 2 6 16
1994-95 Kingston Frontenacs OHL 62 61 74 135 136 6 7 8 15 12
1995-96 Saint John Flames AHL 75 24 32 56 179 9 0 5 5 12
1996-97 Saint John Flames AHL 5 0 2 2 19
1996-97 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 48 22 36 58 229
1997-98 Montreal Canadiens NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1
1997-98 Fredericton Canadiens AHL 67 25 41 66 148 +6
1997-98 Indianapolis Ice IHL 12 8 6 14 30 -2 5 4 1 5 31
1998-99 Kansas City Blades IHL 82 30 42 72 112 -8 3 1 0 1 20
1999-00 Kansas City Blades IHL 82 35 48 83 210 -9
2000-01 Utah Grizzlies IHL 79 15 28 43 202 -18
2001-02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 5 0 0 0 7 -1
2001-02 Syracuse Crunch AHL 71 19 41 60 240 -8 10 5 5 10 16
2002-03 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 35 3 2 5 86 -6
2002-03 Syracuse Crunch AHL 46 7 34 41 129 -13
2003-04 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 50 1 2 3 98 -3
2003-04 Syracuse Crunch AHL 14 7 10 17 25 -2 7 0 1 1 36
2004-05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 80 28 60 88 152 -1 5 1 1 2 43
2005-06 Spartak Moscow Russia 50 15 17 32 40 3 2 1 3 4
2006-07 Dynamo Moscow Russia 42 10 16 26 91 3 1 1 2 4
2007-08 Toronto Marlies AHL 71 17 42 59 179 -3 17 3 11 14 18
2008-09 EHC Biel-Bienne Swiss 33 9 13 22 20
2008-09 Jokerit Helsinki Finland 23 3 10 13 70 5 1 2 3 27
2009-10 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 46 8 24 32 76
2010-11 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 18 1 6 7 14
2010-11 Providence Bruins AHL 56 8 15 23 55 -5
2011-12 Brunico Italy 36 23 45 68 74 13 5 17 22 34
NHL Totals 93 4 4 8 191


OHL First All-Star Team (1995)
OHL - MVP (1995)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1995)
Canadian Major Junior - Player of the Year (1995)
IHL First All-Star Team (2000)
Rights transferred to Colorado after Quebec franchise relocated, June 21, 1995. Traded to Calgary by Colorado with Colorado's 9th round pick (Steve Shirreffs) in 1995 NHL Draft for Calgary's 9th round pick (Chris George) in 1995 NHL Draft, July 7, 1995. Traded to Montreal by Calgary with Calgary's 6th round pick (Gordie Dwyer) in 1998 NHL Draft for Scott Fraser, October 24, 1996. Traded to Chicago by Montreal for Martin Gendron, March 14, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Kansas City (IHL) with Chicago retaining NHL rights, September 3, 1998. Traded to Dallas by Chicago for future considerations, August 11, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 7, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 29, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), August 22, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Toronto, July 9, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Providence (AHL), November 5, 2010. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Oklahoma City (AHL), March 24, 2015.
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