Darren Rumble (ice hockey) : biography
Darren William Rumble (born January 23, 1969) is a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and former professional ice hockey player. Rumble played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League, but played most of his career with various minor league teams. In 2003–04 season Rumble spent majority of the season in NHL, played only 5 games for Tampa Bay. Darren spent most of season as a healthy reserve. Tampa Bay Lightning still had his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup even though he did not officially qualify. The following year he played a handful of games for the Lightnings' AHL Affiliate Springfield Falcons before retiring and becoming assistant coach of the team. Rumble later became head coach of the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), holding the position until January 2010. In 2013, assistant coach for the Icelandic National hockey team in the IIHF Hockey World Championship Div.II in Croatia.
Rumble was selected 20th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Rumble turned professional with the Hershey Bears in 1989–90. He played three seasons with the Bears, managing three games with the Flyers. He was selected in the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He played two seasons with Ottawa, before returning to the AHL with the Prince Edward Island Senators. In 1995, he became the property of the Flyers for the second time, and mostly played for their affiliates the Hershey Bears and the Philadelphia Phantoms. He did manage 15 games in the NHL.
In 1997, he left North America to play one season for the Mannheim Eagles in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. After that season, Rumble would spend the following seven seasons with various AHL and IHL teams, with occasional callups to NHL clubs St. Louis Blues and Tampa Bay Lightning, including 5 games with the Lightning in the 2003–04 season for which the club won the Stanley Cup. His final playing season was with Springfield in 2004–05, becoming their assistant coach as a midseason replacement. Over his career, Rumble played 193 career NHL games, scoring 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points.
In 2007, he joined the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL as an assistant coach.
In July 2008, the Tampa Bay Lightning named Rumble Head Coach of their AHL affiliate the Norfolk Admirals replacing Steve Stirling.
On 1-16-2010 the Virginian Pilot reported that the Tampa Bay lighting fired coach Rumble as of 1-12-2010. He is currently an assistant coach for the Seattle Thunderbirds.
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