Darren McCarty, former Detroit Red Wings star, will be signing copies of “My Last Fight” at the following locations:
12/3/13 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
3120 Fairlane Dr,
Allen Park, MI 48101
12/4/13 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
3235 Washtenaw Ave,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Looking back on a memorable career, Darren McCarty recounts his time as one of the most visible and beloved members of the Detroit Red Wings as well as his personal struggles with addiction, finances, and women and his daily battles to overcome them. As a member of four Red Wings’ Stanley Cup–winning teams, McCarty played the role of enforcer from 1993 to 2004 and returning again in 2008 and 2009. His “Grind Line” with teammates Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby physically overmatched some of the best offensive lines in the NHL, but he was more than just a brawler: his 127 career goals included several of the highlight variety, including an inside-out move against Philadelphia in the clinching game of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. As colorful a character as any NHL player, he has arms adorned with tattoos, and he was the lead singer in the hard rock band Grinder during the offseason. Yet this autobiography details what may have endeared him most to his fans: the honest, open way he has dealt with his struggles in life off the ice. Whether dealing with substance abuse, bankruptcy, divorce, or the death of his father, Darren McCarty has always seemed to persevere. You can order his book here on Amazon
About the Author
Darren McCarty (born April 1, 1972) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey forward, best known for his years playing with the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). McCarty has been known more for his fists than his scoring ability, taking on the role of the Red Wings enforcer most of his career, a role in which he won four Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002, and 2008, the last of which after resurrecting his career in the Red Wings minor league system.
McCarty spent much of his childhood growing up in the small town of Leamington, Ontario, playing for the Southpoint Capitals (OMHA) minor teams.
On December 7, 2009 McCarty officially retired, and had already accepted a job as color analyst for Versus. A fifteen season veteran and fan favorite in Detroit, McCarty thanked the Red Wings and Flames organizations as well as his long time friend Giuseppe Lacaria of Sterling Heights and the fans for helping him to realize his dreams.
On November 23, 2009 McCarty made his debut as an NHL Analyst for Versus. McCarty made occasional appearances on the Versus post game show, Hockey Central. McCarty served as a fill-in co-host on WXYT-FM (97.1 The Ticket) in Detroit.
McCarty appeared on the January 24, 2012 episode of the truTV reality series Hardcore Pawn, where he appeared with a friend that was trying to sell an alligator hide. Later, American Jewelry and Loan owners Les and Seth Gold and tru TV hired McCarty to do some cameo appearances on the show.
Darren’s father, Craig was diagnosed with the multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the bone marrow and blood, in 1995 at age 46. In 1997, Darren McCarty established the McCarty Cancer Foundation to raise funds to finance research for a cure of this type of cancer.
McCarty has been to rehab four times, for undisclosed substance-abuse issues. During the offseason, he is the lead singer for hard rock band “Grinder” which has been in hiatus with the sudden passing of their beloved bass player and friend, James B. Anders from cardiomyopathy.
Despite playing hockey right handed, he is left-handed. He appeared on the 2005 ESPN game show “Teammates” with his teammate on the Red Wings at the time, Brendan Shanahan.