Pirates videographer Dale Darling was inducted as the 15th member of the Portland Pirates Hall of Fame, presented by UNUM, prior to Game 2 of the 2010-11 Atlantic Division Semifinal Series between the Pirates and the Connecticut Whale Saturday night at the Civic Center.
After 33 seasons of working AHL hockey in Portland, Darling retired from his role as Pirates videographer at the end of the 2010-11 season. A veteran of over 1,800 games, Dale participated in just about everything the game of hockey has had to offer to the sports fans of Southern Maine. He started with the Mariners in 1977 and helped the League develop a video platform that has evolved into the standards the League utilizes today. His video pioneering led to him receiving the 1979-80 James H. Ellery Memorial Award, presented annually for outstanding media coverage of the AHL.
Darling has been a part of four Calder Cup Championship teams, two American Hockey League All-Star Classics and fondly remembers the lasting friendships forged with some of the legends of Portland hockey including Mike Emrick, Frank Fixaris, Pat Quinn, Mike Milbury, Barry Trotz and Kevin Dineen as well as countless Mariners and Pirates.
YEAR INDUCTED: 2011