Scott Langkow was a reserve goaltender for two different franchises in the 1990s. He was an impact goalie in junior who developed into a steady minor pro competitor as a pro. As the 2001-02 season began, he hoped to gain another opportunity to impress at the NHL level with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Born in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Langkow was a local Junior B star before moving up to the WHL's Portland Winter Hawks. He was chosen in the second round, 31st overall, by the Winnipeg Jets and recorded three straight 20-win seasons for his junior club. Langkow was also chosen to the WHL West second all-star team in 1994 and 1995.
The young netminder enjoyed a solid beginning to his pro career with Springfield of the AHL. He won 63 games over three seasons and was one of the top performers in the league. Langkow won the Baz Bastien Memorial trophy as the AHL's best goalkeeper in 1998 and was named to the league's first all-star team. Over this time he also relocated to Phoenix with the former Winnipeg players. In June 1999, he was acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers and played 15 games that year. Langkow spent the 2000-01 season in the minors and was picked up in a deal with Anaheim before the end of the schedule.