|McCarty skated with the Flint Generals last month, tallying three goals and three assist, and 30 penalty minutes in 11 games. |
-- The Grand Rapids Griffins on Monday signed former Red Wings right wing Darren McCarty to a professional tryout. After commencing practice with the team today at 10 a.m., he is expected to make his Grand Rapids debut and play in his first American Hockey League contest since 1993 this Friday in Cleveland, when the Griffins take on the Lake Erie Monsters at 7:30 p.m.
From 1993-2004, McCarty, 35, was one of Hockeytown’s most popular players, helping the Red Wings capture three Stanley Cup titles. Detroit’s second choice in the 1992 draft, he teamed with Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby in the late 1990s on the famed Grind Line.
The Burnaby, British Columbia native scored the Cup-clinching goal in Game 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the '97 finals to give Detroit its first championship in 42 years. McCarty’s toughness defined the Red Wings’ once-bitter feud with the Colorado Avalanche, highlighted by his legendary brawls with Claude Lemieux.
During his 11 seasons and 643 regular-season games with Detroit, McCarty accumulated 1,275 penalty minutes and 273 points, including 119 goals, placing him 34th on the Red Wings’ all-time scoring chart. He also ranks No. 14 on Detroit’s all-time playoff scoring list with 45 points (20-25—45) and 194 penalty minutes in 150 contests.
Following the 2004-05 lockout, McCarty logged two campaigns with the Calgary Flames, giving him 286 points (126-160—286) and 1,450 penalty minutes in 742 career NHL games. He missed the majority of last season while recovering from hernia surgery and recently began a comeback with the Flint Generals of the International Hockey League, tallying six points (3-3—6) and 30 penalty minutes in 11 games.
Last month, McCarty told DetroitRedWings.com, “I just realized that I miss the game a lot and I want to be around it and give it a shot to get back.”
McCarty will don his familiar No. 25 jersey that was previously worn by Griffins forward Jamie Tardif
, who will now wear No. 20.
To watch or listen to McCarty's Griffins debut here are the links to the B2 Networks video broadcast
and Newsradio WOOD 1300 streaming audio
. These links can also be found at griffinshockey.com