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Darren McCarty #25
Darren McCarty was drafted 46th overall in the 1992 Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. On October 5, 1993, Darren made his NHL debut in a match against the Stars. On October 21, he scored his first goal against the Jets. Darren played 67 games that rookie season and scored 26 points as the team won the Central Division title. In the playoffs, Darren scored four points in seven games. In the shortened 1994-95 season, Darren scored 13 points in 31 games as the Red Wings won the Central Division title. In the playoffs, Darren helped the Red Wings win the Clarence Campbell Bowl in the Western Conference finals before losing to the Devils in the Stanley Cup finals. In 1995-96, Darren scored 29 points and helped the team win both the Central Division title and the Presidents' Trophy with a league-record 62 wins. In the playoffs, Darren helped the Red Wings reach the Western Conference finals before losing to the Avalanche.
In 1996-97, Darren scored 19 goals and 49 points as the Red Wings dropped to second in their division. In the playoffs, however, Darren helped the Red Wings win both the Clarence Campbell Bowl and the Stanley Cup. On June 7, the final game of the year, Darren scored the series-winning goal against the Flyers for the Red Wings first Stanley Cup in 42 years. In 1997-98, Darren scored 15 goals and 37 points. In the playoffs, the Red Wings again won both the Clarence Campbell Bowl and the Stanley Cup.
In 1998-99, Darren scored 14 goals and 40 points as the Red Wings won the Central Division title. He also knocked 217 hits. In the playoffs, the Red Wings reached the second round. In 1999-2000, Darren was limited to just 24 games, but still scored 12 points and knocked 129 hits. In the playoffs, the Red Wings again reached the second round. In 2000-01, Darren scored 12 goals and helped the Red Wings win the Central Division title. His 235 hits ranked second on the team.
Darren played junior-B hockey in Peterborough. In 1989-90, he joined the OHL's Belleville Bulls and scored 27 points as a major junior rookie. The following season, he improved to 30 goals and 67 points. In 1991-92, Darren scored 127 points and paced the OHL with 55 goals. He was named an OHL First Team All-Star at year's end. In 1992-93, Darren turned pro with the Adirondack Red Wings and scored 36 points as an AHL rookie.
Darren is involved with his own charity, the McCarty Cancer Foundation, as well as the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Darren's childhood hero was Rick Tocchet.