On Oct. 26, 2014, Darling made history in two ways: He became the first Blackhawks goaltender to win his NHL debut at the United Center when he beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1, and became the first former Southern Professional Hockey League player to play in the NHL.
The Lemont, Ill., product took a long road to his hometown team. He was selected by the then-Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth round (No. 153) in the 2007 NHL Draft. Darling won 27 games for Indiana of the United States Hockey League in the 2007-08 season before playing two seasons at the University of Maine.