In this book, Darren McCarty recounts during his memorable career the times he was one of the most visible and beloved members of the Detroit Red Wings as well as his personal struggles with addiction, finances, women and his daily battles to overcome them.
As a member of four Red Wings’ Stanley Cup-winning teams, McCarty played the role of enforcer from 1993 to 2004 and again in 2008 to 2009. His Grind Line” with teammates Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby physically overmatched some of the best offensive lines in the NHL, but he was more than just a brawler: his 127 career goals included several highlight-reel goals like an inside-out move against Philadelphia in the clinching game of the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals.
Darren McCarty was as colorful a character as you could find on any NHL team. His arms are adorned with tattoos and he was the lead singer in the hard rock band Grinder during the offseason. 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, Darren McCarty has always seemed to persevere.