No Holden Back Podcast Episode #1: AHL Hall of Famer Darren Haydar
Welcome to the No Holden Back Podcast, where we interview players across the North American hockey landscape! In our premiere episode, host Ben Holden chats with a member of the 2020 Hall of Fame Class in the American Hockey League, Darren Haydar.
The two discuss:
– Haydar’s beginnings in the sport
– Views on establishing a winning culture
– Weighing major junior hockey in Canada versus NCAA hockey in the U.S.
– His playing career at the University of New Hampshire and forming a friendship with a Hobey Baker Award winner
– Spending his draft day on a pontoon boat
– Hoping for a shot at the NHL, while putting up gaudy numbers in Milwaukee, Chicago, and Grand Rapids
– Being inducted into the American Hockey League’s Hall of Fame
– Meeting his wife and being with her during her battle with cancer
– His ongoing battle with Multiple Sclerosis
– The end of his playing career
– Two minutes in The Sin Bin