RiverKings Scott Darling wins Stanley Cup

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – Former Mississippi RiverKings goalie Scott Darling became the first former RiverKings player to win the Stanley Cup when the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night in Chicago. 

Darling, 26, played one season for the RiverKings in 2011-12 and in 35 games he was 15-17-1 with a 2.92 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage. That year he also had numerous call ups to the CHL, ECHL and AHL. To see our story on his journey from the RiverKings to the NHL visit http://riverkings.com/news/posts/darling-paves-path-to-nhl

"I couldn't be happier for 'Darls,'" said RiverKings Head Coach Derek Landmesser. "It's been a long road to the National Hockey League. He's earned his spot where he can call himself a Stanley Cup champion."

Darling split time this season between the Chicago Blackhawks and AHL's Rockford IceHogs. He became the first former SPHL player to make it to the NHL when he was called up to Chicago in October. He made his NHL debut with the Blackhawks on Oct. 26 and in 14 games with the Blackhawks Darling went 9-4-0 with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. He appeared in five games during Chicago's Stanley Cup run, all during the Blackhawks first round win over Nashville, in which he was 3-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. 

The Mississippi RiverKings are proud to be the longest, continually operating sports franchise in the Memphis area, as they begin their 24th season in 2015. RiverKings' season tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale now by calling 662-342-1755! Renew by August 1 to keep your 2014-15 seats. Pay in full by September 1 to receive a commemorative season ticket holder booklet. For more information, check out riverkings.com.

About the Mississippi RiverKings

The RiverKings are supported by our community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and grants from the Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662.342.1755 or visit www.riverkings.com.

Former Mississippi RiverKings goalie Scott Darling, pictured here during the 2011-12 season, became the first former RiverKing to win the Stanley Cup when the Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-0, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night. Darling played five playoff games for the Blackhawks during their Stanley Cup run. © John Coffin

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