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|1980 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in first round
5 overall by Washington Capitals
Height: 5-11 Weight: 190
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (Canada)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
Memorial Cup All-Star First Team: 1980 (Regina)
WHL All-Star First Team: 1979-80 (Regina)
Defenseman: 1977-78, 1979-80
Regina (SJHL) Rookie of Year: 1976-77
(Midget AAA) Best Defenseman: 1975-76
Regina Records: Most points by a defenseman in one season (122 in
1979-80), most goals by a defenseman in one season (29 in 1979-80), most
assists by a defenseman in one season (93 in 1979-80)
WHL Assists Leader: 1979-80 (Regina) (93 assists)
Miscellaneous: Rated in The Hockey News draft preview issue as
No. 6 prospect for the 1980 NHL draft. ... Worked as salesman in Western Cycle
and Sporting Goods store during off-seasons of his junior career. ... Became
an unrestricted free agent when he was not drafted, despite being eligible, in
1979. Attended Montreal's 1979 training camp, but failed to make team and was
returned to junior, thereby having to enter the draft again in 1980. ... An
outstanding golfer, he was the Saskatchewan Golf Association junior champion
in 1978, finished second in Regina's 1979 Molson Autumn Golf
Classic and won Regina's 1980 Carling O'Keefe championship by nine strokes
with a 54-hole total of 214. He was also chosen to compete on Saskatchewan's
1980 Willingdon Cup team. ... Attended Campbell Collegiate high school in
| Debut: October 10, 1980 (Winnipeg at
Numbers: 6 (Washington); 5
(Detroit); 25, 26 (Toronto)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Retired for final time in 1999
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|1980-1990||Washington, Detroit, Toronto
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Hockey News Comeback Player of Year: 1986-87
Detroit Emery Edge Award (+/- Leader): 1986-87
Miscellaneous: Tied Washington single-season record (since broken) for
assists by a defenseman with 44 in 1981-82. ... Missed most of 1982-83 season with
broken left collarbone (fractured in three places), an injury
suffered in Washington's Oct. 27, 1982, game at Pittsburgh. He did not return
to action until Feb. 16, 1983. ... Missed remainder of 1982-83 season and
entire 1983 playoffs with re-fractured left collarbone, an injury suffered
when he collided with Jim Fox during Washington's Feb. 19, 1983, game at Los
Angeles. ... Served as unofficial Washington assistant coach while out with
injury during 1982-83 season. ... Missed part of 1983-84 season with broken
ribs, an injury suffered during Washington's Feb. 11, 1984, game vs.
Philadelphia. ... Missed part of 1984-85 season with bruised ribs, an injury
suffered in January 1985. ... Missed part of 1986-87 season with right forearm
injury, suffered when he tripped on one of his children's toys and cut himself
on a glass table in his home on Jan. 15, 1987. The injury required
microsurgery. ... Missed remainder of 1987 playoffs with twisted left knee, an
injury suffered during Game 1 of Detroit's Campbell Conference final series at
Edmonton on April 5, 1987. ... Missed part of 1987-88 season with ankle
injury, suffered in March 1988. ... Criticized by Detroit coach Jacques Demers
after the 1988 playoffs because he had been out partying with teammates late
on the night before the team's final Campbell Conference final series playoff
loss at Edmonton on May 11, 1988. The Red Wings denied Veitch his playoff
bonus for breaking team curfew, and he was traded to Toronto one month later.
... Traded by
Toronto to St. Louis in exchange for Keith Osborne on March 5, 1991, but never
played for parent team.
|Post-Draft Teams: Hershey (AHL); Newmarket (AHL);
Peoria (IHL); Moncton (AHL); Landshut (Germany); Phoenix (IHL); Phoenix (WCHL)|
AWARDS AND HONORS
IHL Turner Cup: 1991 (Peoria)
IHL Governors' Trophy (Outstanding
Defenseman): 1993-94 (Peo.)
AHL All-Star Second Team: 1989-90 (Newmarket)
1980-81: Played on AHL regular-season champion (Hershey).
1990-91: Played on IHL regular-season champion (Peoria).
Career: Named Phoenix (WCHL) player-assistant coach prior to 1998-99
season and held position through 1998-99 season.
Broadcasting Career: Named Phoenix (IHL) TV color commentator
prior to 1996-97 season and remained in position until Oct. 6, 1997.
Signed with Moncton (AHL) as free agent on Nov. 8, 1991, after being released
by St. Louis. ... Signed with Peoria (IHL) as free agent on July 27, 1992. ...
Played 1,000th pro hockey game for Peoria (IHL) vs. Cleveland on Jan. 21,
1994. ... Retired for the
first time after 1995-96 season to pursue a broadcasting career, but came out
of retirement to sign with Phoenix (WCHL) as unrestricted free agent on Oct.
6, 1997. ... Continued to star in golf during playing days, winning 1983
Saskatchewan Golf Association Amateur Open and finishing in the top 30 at the
1984 Canadian Amateur Open. ... Won 1996 Chicago Classic golf tournament. ...
Remained in Phoenix area and focused on golf, joining the Celebrity Players
Tour after his retirement in 1999.
Personal: Full name is Darren
William Veitch. ... His last name is pronounced "Veech."
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: Washington traded Veitch to Detroit in
exchange for John Barrett and Greg Smith on March 10, 1986.||
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