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Windsor Star’s Duff offers a pre-review of former Red Wing Darren McCarty’s memoir

Red Wings pro scout Mark Howe's been on something of a "book tour" promoting what the Utica Observer-Dispatch's Don Laible reports is a very revelatory memoir in, Gordie Howe's Son: A Hall of Fame Life in the Shadow of Mr. Hockey, and the Detroit News had reported that Darren McCarty's going to spend a decent chunk of December visiting Michigan to promote the memoir he and USA Today's Kevin Allen co-wrote, My Last Fight: the True Story of a Hockey Rock Star.

The Windsor Star's Bob Duff posited something of a pre-review of the book:

In the book, which he co-authored with USA Today hockey writer Kevin Allen, the 2013 Lester Patrick Trophy recipient, McCarty recounts his time as one of the most visible and beloved members of the Red Wings, as well as his personal struggles with addiction, finances, and women, and his daily battles to overcome his demons.

McCarty played the role of enforcer on Detroit’s Grind Line with teammates Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby, but he was more than just a brawler. His 127 career goals included several of the highlight variety, including an inside-out move against Philadelphia goalie Ron Hextall to net the Cup winner in the clinching game of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.

As colourful a character as any NHL player in recent memory, his arms are adorned with tattoos, and he was the lead singer in the hard rock band Grinder during the off-season. Yet this autobiography details what may have endeared him most to his fans – the honest, open way he has dealt with his struggles in life off the ice. Whether dealing with substance abuse, bankruptcy, divorce, or the death of his father, McCarty always seemed to persevere.

Published by Triumph Books, in its pages McCarty discusses his early years growing up in Leamington, learning how to play the role of NHL tough guy from teammate and Windsorite Bob Probert, as well as dealing with the realities of being a fan-favorite on a Stanley Cup-winning team, such as the party that seemed to follow him wherever he went.

He goes into detail regarding his famous fight with Colorado’s Claude Lemieux, starting with Lemieux’s vicious hit on Draper through the moment McCarty saw the possibility of revenge. McCarty also delves into his ongoing financial problems and the complex truth behind them that goes deeper than substance abuse and gambling.

For what it's worth, Gerard Gallant spent very little time playing with Darren McCarty, but the Globe and Mail reports that Bob Probert's former linemate will be inducted into the QMJHL's Hall of Fame in 2014.

Update: Oh look, Duff has a book on the way, too:

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eyesris's avatar

For those that want to get a taste of McCarty’s book a little early - you can get a 25 page preview through iBooks and there is also a preview through Amazon (although it looks to be a little shorter). He’s really not holding anything back regarding his drug use and what it’s like to be a functional alcoholic to this day.

Posted by eyesris from Asheville, NC on 11/25/13 at 04:13 PM ET

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