GMHL Alumni Re-Signs Two-Way Deal in NHLJuly 16th, 2018 at 9:53AM July 16th, 2018 3:05PM
Vancouver, British Columbia- Former GMHL forward Darren Archibald has re-signed a two-way contract with the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL!
Archibald joined the GMHL in the leagues inaugural season in 2006-2007 as a 15 year-old rookie, playing for the Richmond Hill Rams. Archibald scored the first goal in GMHL history for the Rams in a 6-0 victory over the King Wild. Archibald went on to be one of the best players on his team, and in the league, where he was 2nd in overall scoring for the Rams, and 6th overall in scoring for the entire league. Archibald put up 22 Goals 34 Assists for 56 Points for the Rams, putting up over a point-per a game as a 15 year old. Archibald’s time in the GMHL helped develop him and adjust him to the junior level, and with his impressive year, he was ready to advance to Major Juniors, moving on to the OHL.
Archibald went on to play for the Barrie Colts in the OHL, where he immediately made an impact for the Colts. Archibald put up 25 Goals 24 Assists for 49 Points in 68 Games Played for the Colts in his rookie year, which earned him the honours of making the OHL Second All-Rookie Team. Archibald continued his impressive performance in the OHL for the Colts the following two seasons as well putting up 44 Goals 45 Assists for 89 Points in only 89 Games Played. Archibald wasn’t just a force to reckon with on the ice for the Colts, but he proved to be a leader off the ice as well, earning the honours of Assistant Captain for the team. Overall in Archibald’s entire OHL career, he put up 92 Goals 82 Assists for 174 Points in 186 Games Played. Archibald proved that he was ready to take the next step in his career, and although he went undrafted in the NHL, he was determined to play professional hockey. In 2010-2011, Archibald singed a two-year deal with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
Archibald struggled his first year in the AHL, only scoring 1 Point in 20 Games for the Wolves, however, after being sent to the Wolves ECHL affiliate team, he found his groove at the professional level, putting up 14 Goals 31 Assists for 45 Points 49 Games Played. With an impressive year at the ECHL level under his belt, Archibald found some more stability at the AHL playing 55 Games with the Wolves the following season putting up 12 Goals 10 Assists for 22 Points. Archibald’s development in the ECHL and the AHL turned a lot of heads in the hockey world, and in particular, the Vancouver Canucks took notice, signing him to a two-way deal, making Archibald the first GMHL alumni to reach the NHL level. Archibald split his time between the NHL and the AHL in 2013-2014, playing 16 Games for the Canucks earning 3 Points (1 Goal 2 Assists), and playing 59 Games for the Utica Comets, the Canucks AHL affiliate, earning 22 Points (10 Goals 12 Assists). The Canucks were impressed with Archibald’s play in the 2013-2014 Season, and have kept him apart of their system ever since. In 2016-2017, Archibald received the honours of Assistant Captain for the Canucks AHL affiliate, the Utica Comets, which he’s held ever since. Archibald found himself back in the NHL for the Canucks last season, playing 27 Games and posting 4 Goals 5 Assists for 9 Points. Overall, Archibald put up 64 Goals 64 Assists for 128 Points in 281 Games Played for the Utica Comets in the AHL, and 5 Goals 7 Assists for 12 Points in 43 Games Played for the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL. Archibald became an Unrestricted Free Agent this summer, but that didn’t last long and he has re-signed a two-way deal with the Canucks again, where he’ll be Assistant Captain for their AHL affiliate, and is looking to get more looks at the NHL level this season.
Between the OHL, ECHL, AHL, and NHL, Archibald has played among the highest levels of hockey in the world that has seen players such as: Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, the Sedin twins, and many others. The GMHL is proud to see one of its alumni playing at these levels of hockey, and we wish Archibald continued success at the professional level!