McCarty doesn't pull punches in new book

Former Red Wings' enforcer shares his life's up and downs

Friday, 11.29.2013 / 3:30 AM
Andrea Nelson  - Editorial Assistant |

DETROIT – As an enforcer, Darren McCarty never held back. In his new book, “My Last Fight: The True Story of a Hockey Rock Star”, he isn’t any different.

“I didn’t beat around the bush,” McCarty said. “It’s pretty intense. It’s an easy read, but it’s a roller coaster ride, as my life has been. At the end, it’s something that I’m very proud of.”

McCarty played all but two of his 15 NHL seasons with the Red Wings, scoring 127 goals and recording 1,477 penalty minutes in his career. In his memoir – available on Nov. 29 – the four-time Stanley Cup champion recounts some of his fondest memories as well as his personal struggles.

“The point in my life that I’m at, I wanted to sit down and tell my story,” explained McCarty. “I’ve gone through so much, people have an idea, people think they know, but they hear so much, I just wanted to get the truth out there and that’s what this book is, pretty much my truth.”

“My Last Fight” will bring both laughter and tears to readers, and although some stories were more difficult than others for McCarty to share, he didn’t shy away from anything.

“If you’re going to bare your soul about your drug use, your alcohol use, your bankruptcy, marriages, infidelity, all that – it’s going to be tough,” McCarty said. “But then there’s some great hockey stories, different ones with a lot of my teammates, some road-trip stories, some junior stories, other stories that are funny that I think people will get a kick out of.”

Good, bad, and everything in between, McCarty can’t help but feel surreal about putting 15 years of emotional memories and experiences down on paper for the entire world to see.

“Yeah, a lot of it does, especially rehashing it all and realizing how time goes by so quick,” McCarty said. “Things get out of control and then you think back about what you’d do differently. You reflect back on it. I think that’s the biggest thing I realized while doing it, how quickly time flies.”

Red Wings’ fans will have the opportunity to meet McCarty and have him sign the autobiography at five book signings the enforcer will host across Metro Detroit in December.

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