Darren Raddysh
Born February 28, 1996(1996-02-28),
Caledon, Ontario, Canada
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
New York Rangers
Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present

Darren Raddysh (born February 28, 1996) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player.

Early life[edit | edit source]

Raddysh was born on February 28, 1996, in Caledon, Ontario to warehouse manager Dwayne and accountant Gwen Raddysh.[1] Growing up in Toronto with his brother Taylor, their father bought them rollerblades to practice shooting and skating at home.[2] As the two were a few years apart, they played competitive lacrosse on the same teams and golfed together at the Caledon Country Club.[3]

Career[edit | edit source]

Youth[edit | edit source]

Raddysh began his minor hockey career with the Toronto Marlboros Minor Midget AAA team, with whom he won the 2009 Silver Stick tournament in Michigan.[4] During his tenure with the team, Raddysh was drafted in the fifth round, 84th overall, by the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).[5] At the time of his selection, he stood at 5-foot-11 and weighed 165 pounds.[6] He remained with the Marlboros for the 2012–13 season, during which he earned a call up to the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League for seven games.[7] Raddysh made his OHL debut with the Otters to complete their 2012-13 season, playing in 24 games and recording two assists.[8]

Once Taylor was drafted by the Otters, Raddysh requested that his brother lives with him since he had already completed high school. However, the tram refused for they wished for Taylor to "not rely solely on his brother for direction."[3] Raddysh remained undrafted during his tenure with the Otters but received invitations to training camps from the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.[9]

Raddysh re-joined the Otters for his fifth and final year in major juniors and recorded a comeback season, gaining attention from various NHL teams.[6] Following a game against the Kitchener Rangers in January, Raddysh became the new franchise leader for points by a defenceman with 151.[10] The following month, he set a new franchise single-season record for points by a defenceman with his 68th of the season.[11] With his assistance, the Otters won the J. Ross Robertson Cup as the playoff champion of the Ontario Hockey League and qualified for the 2017 Memorial Cup. Alongside his brother Taylor, they became the first pair of brothers to compete against another pair of brothers (the McLeod's) in an OHL Final since 2012.[12] As a result of his play, Raddysh became the first player in OHL history to simultaneously win the Max Kaminsky Trophy as OHL Defenceman of the Year and the Leo Lalonde Memorial Trophy as Overage Player of the Year.[13] The Otters competed against the Windsor Spitfires in the Memorial Cup, losing in seven games. At the end of the tournament, Raddysh was named to the 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup All-Star Team alongside his brother.[14]

Raddysh concluded his major junior career on June 20, 2017, by signing a one-year American Hockey League (AHL) contract with the Rockford IceHogs.[15]

Professional[edit | edit source]

Raddysh began his professional career with the IceHogs after making their opening night roster prior to the 2017–18 season.[16] He recorded his first professional goal on October 15, during a 5–3 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals.[17] On May 21, 2018, Raddysh signed a two-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks that ran through the 2019–20 season.[18] On February 18, 2019, Raddysh was traded to the New York Rangers in exchange for Peter Holland.[19] After 22 games with the team, he recorded his first goal in their final regular season game against the Hershey Bears.[20]

He attended the Rangers' training camp prior to the 2019–20 season but was reassigned to their AHL affiliate.[21] Once the NHL began their Return to Play initiative, Raddysh was named to the Rangers' Phase 3 training camp roster.[22]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Darren Raddysh. Retrieved on August 5, 2020.
  2. Exclusive interview with Darren Raddysh, from undrafted defenseman to the Rangers post-season roster (July 16, 2020). Retrieved on August 5, 2020.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Erie Otters' Raddysh Brothers Embracing Final OHL Playoff Run Together (April 16, 2017). Retrieved on August 5, 2020.
  4. Malboros take top spot at Silver Stick tournament (February 3, 2009). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  5. Follow the 2012 OHL Priority Selection here! (April 7, 2012). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Teams lining up to sign Erie defenseman Darren Raddysh. Sports Illustrated (June 1, 2017). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  7. Georgetown Raiders. Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  8. Darren Raddysh. Elite Prospects. Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  9. "Otters' Darren Raddysh still hopeful for NHL career despite going undrafted", The Chronicle Journal, May 21, 2017. Retrieved on August 29, 2020. 
  10. Otters’ Raddysh becomes new franchise leader in points by defencemen. Ontario Hockey League (January 25, 2017). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  11. Otters’ Raddysh sets franchise single-season mark for points by a defenceman. Ontario Hockey League (February 27, 2017). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  12. Brothers give it all they’ve got in Rogers OHL Championship Series. Ontario Hockey League (May 11, 2017). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  13. Darren Raddysh Named OHL Defenceman of the Year. Ontario Hockey League (May 2, 2017). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  14. 2017 Mastercard Memorial Cup Awards & All-Stars. Ontario Hockey League (May 28, 2017). Retrieved on August 27, 2020.
  15. DARREN RADDYSH SIGNS WITH ROCKFORD. Rockford Ice Hogs (June 20, 2017). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  16. ROCKFORD ICEHOGS ANNOUNCE SEASON-OPENING ROSTER. Rockford Ice Hogs (October 5, 2017). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  17. LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT AS ADS OUST HOGS, 5-3. Rockford Ice Hogs (October 15, 2017). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  18. Blackhawks agree to terms with four players. National Hockey League (May 21, 2018). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  19. Rangers Acquire Defenseman Darren Raddysh. National Hockey League (February 18, 2019). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  20. WOLF PACK SEASON ENDS WITH LOSS IN HERSHEY. Hartford Wolf Pack (April 14, 2019). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  21. FOUR MORE PLAYERS ASSIGNED FROM RANGER CAMP. Hartford Wolf Pack (September 20, 2019). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.
  22. NEW YORK RANGERS 2020 PHASE 3 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER. Hartford Wolf Pack (July 13, 2020). Retrieved on August 29, 2020.

External links[edit | edit source]

-Darren Raddysh's career stats at Eliteprospects.com

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