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Colbourne, Langdon headed to Hall of Fame


Corner Brook’s Darren Colbourne and Deer Lake’s Darren Langdon are headed to the Newfoundland and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made via press release Thursday by selection committee chairman Gerry Evans, who said the two will be officially inducted during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador’s annual general meeting in Gander on June 13.

Also being inducted are Dwayne Norris of St. John’s, along with Jim Hornell of Buchans, Rosemary Marshall of St. John’s and Ken Williams of Bay Bulls, the latter three to be inducted in the builders category.

Colbourne scored 249 points (122G-127A) in 227 games in the Ontario Hockey League as a junior, resulting in him being selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 11th round (227th overall) in the 1988 National Hockey League draft. Though he never cracked the NHL, he became an ECHL Hall of Famer following a seven-year stint in which he put up 569 points (323G-244A) in 420 games.

He returned to provincial hockey in 2000 and played until 2009, during which time he won five regular season scoring titles and had four regular season MVP awards in the West Coast Senior Hockey League in addition to two provincial MVPs and one provincial scoring title. Playing for the Corner Brook Royals, he played a major role in four league championship achievements and the 2002 Herder Memorial Championship. In 2011, he joined the Clarenville Caribous as a coach and was a factor in their winning the national Allan Cup title.

Langdon, meanwhile, carved out a 10-season career in the NHL, where he was noted more for his fists than his hands.

Upon retiring in 2006, he had appeared in 521 NHL games, which was the most by any Newfoundlander. His NHL totals were 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points and 1,251 penalties in minutes with more than half coming in fighting majors. He played for the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks.

 Langdon was twice selected in 1996 and 1997 as winner of the Players’ Player Award, an award voted on by the Rangers themselves.

Langdon always displayed an interest in provincial senior hockey. During the 2004-05 NHL lockout he played for the Deer Lake Red Wings in the West Coast Senior Hockey League and helped the club to a Herder Memorial Trophy. At the end of his NHL career, he played and coached for Deer Lake and Corner Brook and is currently continuing to share his coaching expertise with the Royals.

Besides Chairman Evans, the selection committee members include Hugh Wadden of Buchans, Don Bradshaw of Corner Brook, and Robin Short and Jack Lee of St. John’s.

The announcement was made via press release Thursday by selection committee chairman Gerry Evans, who said the two will be officially inducted during an awards ceremony held in conjunction with Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador’s annual general meeting in Gander on June 13.

Also being inducted are Dwayne Norris of St. John’s, along with Jim Hornell of Buchans, Rosemary Marshall of St. John’s and Ken Williams of Bay Bulls, the latter three to be inducted in the builders category.

Colbourne scored 249 points (122G-127A) in 227 games in the Ontario Hockey League as a junior, resulting in him being selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 11th round (227th overall) in the 1988 National Hockey League draft. Though he never cracked the NHL, he became an ECHL Hall of Famer following a seven-year stint in which he put up 569 points (323G-244A) in 420 games.

He returned to provincial hockey in 2000 and played until 2009, during which time he won five regular season scoring titles and had four regular season MVP awards in the West Coast Senior Hockey League in addition to two provincial MVPs and one provincial scoring title. Playing for the Corner Brook Royals, he played a major role in four league championship achievements and the 2002 Herder Memorial Championship. In 2011, he joined the Clarenville Caribous as a coach and was a factor in their winning the national Allan Cup title.

Langdon, meanwhile, carved out a 10-season career in the NHL, where he was noted more for his fists than his hands.

Upon retiring in 2006, he had appeared in 521 NHL games, which was the most by any Newfoundlander. His NHL totals were 16 goals and 23 assists for 39 points and 1,251 penalties in minutes with more than half coming in fighting majors. He played for the New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes and Vancouver Canucks.

 Langdon was twice selected in 1996 and 1997 as winner of the Players’ Player Award, an award voted on by the Rangers themselves.

Langdon always displayed an interest in provincial senior hockey. During the 2004-05 NHL lockout he played for the Deer Lake Red Wings in the West Coast Senior Hockey League and helped the club to a Herder Memorial Trophy. At the end of his NHL career, he played and coached for Deer Lake and Corner Brook and is currently continuing to share his coaching expertise with the Royals.

Besides Chairman Evans, the selection committee members include Hugh Wadden of Buchans, Don Bradshaw of Corner Brook, and Robin Short and Jack Lee of St. John’s.

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