Scott Darling Takes Personal Leave of Absence
As reported Sunday by Chip Alexander of the News and Observer, Scott Darling has been granted a personal leave of absence from the Charlotte Checkers. Darling did not travel with the Checkers to their weekend back-to-back games against the Hershey Bears, and Callum Booth was recalled from ECHL Reading on Feb. 8 to accompany Alex Nedeljkovic in net.
Darling played in seven games with the Hurricanes this season, posting a 2-4-1 record and .892 save percentage, before being assigned to Charlotte on Nov. 30. He has a 5-6-2 record and .882 save percentage in Charlotte in 14 games, the most recent a 5-1 loss to the Cleveland Monsters on Feb. 6.
Per Waddell, there is no set timetable for the leave of absence, and he reiterated the commitment on the part of the Hurricanes to fully support Darling through this process.
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