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Carved from The Rock
November 9, 2001
{Author: eBerg Staff}

Most NHLers who have been on the receiving end of Darren Langdon's pile-driver roundhouses would argue he doesn't really epitomize traditional "Newfoundland hospitality." However, the 6'1, 205-pound Deer Lake native has earned himself a reputation for being carved from granite - supremely tough with a wolverine's temper in a tussle. In 331 NHL games, Langdon has tallied 14 goals - and 829 penalty minutes. His work ethic has earned him a great deal of respect in NHL circles and he's a favourite in the locker room. In the summer of 2000, Landgon moved from the New York Rangers with Rob DiMaio in exchange for Sandy McCarthy (who has relatives in Glenwood, Newfoundland as it were) and a draft pick.

While some would say Landgon is a like a rabid bullmoose on the ice, he's a damn nice guy off it - he regularly returns home to Deer Lake and opened a bar, Langer's, in 1998. This week he took some time to talk with eBerg to about hard work, putting Newfoundland on the map and - everybody's favourite topic - salt meat.

Q) Of all players who competed in more than 50 games last season, you had the fewest giveaways, coughing up the puck only once. Some hockey analysts indicate that taking the puck from you is just "too painful." What makes you such a reliable stickhandler?

A) Stickhandling is not one of my best know characteristics. Basically, I just dump it and chase.

Q) You're a Hurricane now. How does playing in Carolina compare to being on Broadway? Are the Carolina fans learning the game?

A) I started with the best in New York, and it was unbelievable. I played with some great players and it was a great experience. I'm playing with some great players here in Carolina and the fans are starting to learn more about the game. Overall, it's a lot of fun - we like it down here.

Q) You've had a long, hard road to the NHL - from Deer Lake to the Maritime Junior Hockey League to the East Coast league. Very few Newfoundlanders actually make it to the big show. Any suggestions for youngsters looking to make it in the pros?

A) I never ever though I'd make it to the pros when I was growing up. I just lovedplaying the game. The most important thing is to have fun, work hard, and listen to your coaches.

Q) You're certainly one of Newfoundlander's biggest ambassadors. What kind of things do you do to promote the Rock abroad?

A) I think Newfoundland is the greatest place in the world - especially Deer Lake.Down here, I talk about Newfoundland all the time. A lot of people don't know where it is - but I make sure to tell them.

Q) We're sure you get as homesick as the rest of us. What do you miss most about Newfoundland when you're on the road?

A) Salt meat and the large fries, hamburger meat, and gravy at the Irving. And Langer's, of course.

Q) Who's the toughest guy you've ever fought?

A) Maybe Stu Grimson - they are all tough.

Q) You've probably got the greatest job in the world. When you were young, what did you want to do for a living?

A) Growing up, I wanted to be a cop.

Q) The NHL is a dream itself. A lot of young people who have moved away dream of moving home. How about you? Do you dream of moving home to retire? I'm certain the Deer Lake senior team has a roster spot open for you should you wish to strap the blades back on.

A) I will certainly be coming home. I will try to make the roster - going to betough if they keep on winning. They might want to keep the same line-up.

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To read another great feature on Deer Lake's Darren Langdon, check out this link from CNN/SI.