Longtime Detroit winger Darren McCarty retires

Darren McCarty, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons who won four Stanley

Cups with the Detroit Red Wings, officially announced his

retirement Monday.

The 37-year-old McCarty spent 13 seasons with the Red Wings. He

appeared in 758 games overall, recording 127 goals, 288 points and

1,477 penalty minutes. He scored the Cup-winning goal in the 1997

finals against Philadelphia to end Detroit’s 42-year title drought.

He also helped the Red Wings hoist the Cup in 1998, 2002 and

’08.

“I’m very proud to have played for as long as I did, with so

many great teammates and to have been a part of all those strong

teams, especially the four Stanley Cup-winning teams in Detroit,”

McCarty said in a statement released by the NHL players’

association. “Playing with and against the best players in the

world for the past 15 years has been an amazing experience.”

The Red Wings selected the hard-nosed right wing with the 46th

overall pick in the 1992 draft. He made his NHL debut during the

1993-94 season, playing in 67 games as a rookie. McCarty, who

embraced the enforcer’s role in Hockeytown and became a fan

favorite, had his best season in the 1996-97 Cup-winning campaign,

scoring 19 goals to go with 30 assists.

McCarty saved his best for the postseason with 49 points in 174

career playoff games, including six game-winning goals.

After signing with the Calgary Flames in 2005, he returned to

Detroit to finish his career. McCarty played in only 13 games last

season before becoming a free agent and was not signed this past

offseason.

“It was a great ride. I appreciate what the game has given me

and I’m happy with what I was able to accomplish as a hockey

player, but now I’m excited for the next chapter,” he said.