Darnell is a Canadian professional hockey player and a defenceman for the Edmonton Oilers. Born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1995 to a father who played in the Canadian Football League and a mother who played basketball in college, Darnell seemed destined for athletic greatness. Sure enough, he rose through the ranks of junior hockey and was chosen with the third pick of the 2011 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Two years later, he was chosen by the Oilers with the seventh pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. By 2016, Nurse was a regular for the Oilers. He posted 11 points in 2016-17 and 26 in 2017-18 before breaking out for 41 in 2018-19. In 2021, he signed an eight-year, $74 million contract extension with the Oilers. Darnell is passionate about topics such as diversity, team building, and creating a winning culture. He has also played for the Canadian National Team in the IHF World Championships. His sister Kia plays in the WNBA and his uncle is former NFL Quarterback Donovan McNabb.