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by IwoCPO on 12/07/09 at 06:57 PM ET
Darren McCarty officially called it quits today, even though we’d heard he retired several weeks ago. Craig Custance remains the best hockey writer in Detroit.
“I was going to dump it in, it was the end of the shift but [the puck] rolled on me. My reaction was to toe drag and the next thing I knew I had a step on Niinimaa. I was just trying to shield the puck and saw Hextall coming out ... the last thing I remember, I got the puck on my stick and I remember thinking ‘Don’t miss the net.’”
As classic as that goal was, the reaction from Steve Yzerman might have been better.
“We were celebrating and the first guy I see is Stevie Yzerman in the pile. His eyes were as big as saucers and he said ‘What the [expletive] was that? I had no idea.”
NHLPA’s official release on Mac’s retirement is here.
And this will blow your mind…
I know Avs fans here will hate to read this, but McCarty was/is a tremendous person who has overcome a lot in his life and probably will continue to face tough personal challenges in his new life. He’s had some very public personal setbacks, and they’re always waiting to re-appear in a person’s life if given the chance.
And let’s face facts here: if McCarty had been an Av, you all would have loved him. He stuck up for his teammates, played hard and was good to the fans.
Classy stuff from Dater, of all people. And he’s asking for reaction from Dive fans. That should be interesting..
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