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|1980 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in sixth round
No. 115 overall by Los Angeles Kings
Height: 6-1 Weight: 175
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
| Debut: October 13, 1984 (Vancouver at Los
Numbers: 35 (Los Angeles); 31 (Detroit); 34
Cup: Never won. Playing Status: Retired 1989
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
L.A., Detroit, Buffalo||89
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Broadcasting Career: Named Anaheim radio
color commentator prior to 1997-98 season and remained in position through
1998-99 season. ... Named Atlanta TV color commentator prior to inaugural
1999-00 season and remained in position through 2006-07 season. ... Worked as CNNSI
hockey analyst during 2000 and 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs. ... Began
part-time work for NHL Radio network during 2001-02 season and remained in
that position through 2006-07 season.
Management Career: Named
Atlanta director of community hockey development on July 14, 2003, and
remained in that position through 2006-07 season.
Miscellaneous: Lost his first NHL game in overtime. ... Missed part of
1984-85 season with pulled right hamstring, an injury suffered during Los
Angeles' Nov. 27, 1984, game vs. Winnipeg. ... Named NHL Player of Week for
week ending Dec. 7, 1986. ... Gave up seven goals in 40 minutes in his lone
playoff appearance, Game 2 of Los Angeles' first-round series at Edmonton on
April 9, 1987. Edmonton won the game 13-3. ... Missed part of Detroit's 1987
training camp with pulled groin, an injury suffered in September 1987. ...
Released by Detroit after 1987-88 season. He attended Boston's training camp,
but did not make team and later signed with Buffalo as unrestricted free
agent. ... Won Southeast Regional Emmy Award for his work on Atlanta
Thrashers' pregame show, "Thrash Talk," in 2001-02. ... Has written
Michigan Hockey Magazine, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim's game programs
and Internet site, the Atlanta Thrashers' Internet site, and Sports
Illustrated's Internet site. He became a regular contributor to CNNSI.com (later SI.com) prior to the 2000-01 season and remained in that position into
|Post-Draft Teams: Cornell (ECAC); Team
Canada; New Haven (AHL); Adirondack, Rochester (AHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA East All-America First Team: 1982-83 (Cornell)
ECAC All-Star First Team: 1982-83 (Cornell)
Ivy League All-Star
First Team: 1980-81, 1982-83 (Cornell)
Cornell Athletic Hall of Fame: Inducted 1996
Cornell Bawlf Award
Cornell Red Key Society (Student-Athlete Excellence):
Cornell Tri-Captain: 1982-83
Coaching Career: Named Dearborn (Mich.) Divine Child High School
assistant coach prior to 1994-95 season and remained in that position through
Broadcasting Career: Named
Detroit (IHL) TV and radio color commentator prior to 1995-96 season and
remained in that position through 1996-97 season.
Education: Majored in agricultural economics at Cornell University. ...
Earned master's degree in education at Eastern Michigan University during
off-seasons of his pro playing days.
Miscellaneous: Played every minute of every game for Cornell in
1982-83. ... Joined New Haven (AHL) for balance of 1983-84 season after
playing for Team Canada in 1984 Olympics. ... Was active in charitable causes
during his playing days, including work as Los Angeles area chairman of Youth
Diabetes Association. He arranged for 30 diabetic youngsters and their
families to regularly attend Kings games. ... Returned to Detroit area after
his retirement and worked for Engenius, a subsidiary of Computer
Methods Corporation, located in Livonia, Mich. Engenius specialized in vehicle
diagnostic software systems. He worked for the company from 1989 to 1997 and
was its president from 1994 to 1997. ... Worked as director of goaltending
programs for Detroit area's Suburban Hockey Schools in 1999-00.
Personal: Full name is Darren Joseph Eliot. ... Son-in-law of former
NHL player Howie Menard. ... Suffered from diabetes throughout his NHL career.
The disease was not properly diagnosed until October 1983 while he was with
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|FREE AGENCY: Eliot played out his contract
with Los Angeles in 1986-87 and became an unrestricted free agent.
He signed with Detroit on June 30, 1987.||
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