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What Possibly Could Darren McCarty Be Talking About?

from the Detroit Free Press,

The "Bloody Wednesday" game, as it has been called, was certainly the wildest game I was ever involved in. When the buzzer sounded to end that contest, the two teams had combined for 18 fighting majors.

My memorable first-period encounter with Lemieux almost didn't happen because Colorado defenseman Adam Foote grabbed me just as all hell was starting to break loose. He was strong as an old bear, and he had a tight grip on me. But Brendan Shanahan came over and gave Foote a double-arm chop.

That broke me free from Foote. It was like letting a dog off the leash.

I took a direct path toward Lemieux. It was written, and said, that Lemieux never saw me coming. But that's untrue. I can tell you that I looked him directly in the eyes before I hit him. I wanted him to know my anger. I didn't sucker punch him, as some have written. I cold-cocked him.


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stonehands-78's avatar

March 26, 1997

oh, what a night



Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 03/26/14 at 01:39 PM ET

igrover's avatar

Of all the things that could be said about Lemieux, repeatedly comments are heard from others that he is actually a decent guy.

My two cents:  I had just moved to Denver in 1998 and the Dives were still playing in the old arena next to the old Mile High football stadium.  We got tickets behind the goal a few rows up from the ice and were able to watch the Dives players enter and exit the ice just below us.

Just before the start of the 2nd period, a group of special needs fans (both physical and mental disabilities) had lined up to greet the players as they made their way from the locker room onto the ice.  Of all the Dives players who passed these fans only Lemieux stopped to greet every one personally.  Only Lemieux.  Every other Dives player walked by without even holding their hand out or turning to look at these fans.

Posted by igrover on 03/26/14 at 04:01 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

igrover, I have heard countless stories similar to the one you shared.
My brother met him on a plane and said he was incredibly gracious and friendly.

I read a sports book recently (can’t remember the name of it), but in it, the author met Lemieux and they exchanged info after a round of golf.
Lemieux said he was looking forward to hearing from him. The author figured it was just Claude being nice.

A year goes by and they bump into each other gain and Lemieux asks why he never called him for.

I’ve never heard a bad off-ice Lemieux story. He seems like a genuinely great guy.
He also cares very much for his family and kids.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Mac.
I hope McCarty is able to find a way to get himself sober and enjoy his life.
It’s a shame to see anyone, regardless of their celebrity, piss away a great life down the drain.

Posted by Hank1974 on 03/26/14 at 04:06 PM ET

Surfer Ken's avatar

I hate to say it but he a very nice humble man off the ice.  Ive run into him a few times here in So Cal.  He not only will talk with me in length but he will talk and entertain all the kids that want to meet him and get his autograph.  Darren Mac on the other hand,  not too social.  My aunt waited in line for 5 hours to get Mac and Claude to sign a poster of their fight (turtle).  When she finally got in front of Claude she said he was the nicest man ever.  When she got in front of D Mac, she said he was a hung over ahole.
This is a true story from a die hard Wings fan.

Posted by Surfer Ken from San Clemente on 03/26/14 at 07:00 PM ET

42jeff's avatar

The OTR interview he mentions was actually pretty good

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQUHg_fPRto  here is the first part…the next two parts are there as you watch.

Posted by 42jeff from The greater Howard City, MI metroplex on 03/27/14 at 09:41 AM ET

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