Darren McCarty – More Than a Hockey Hero: Meltdown
Today I want to take a few minutes to donate some props to my friend, Darren McCarty. We all know of his exploits as a member of the Detroit Red Wings. We saw his historic fight on March 26, 1997. We cheered as he lifted the Stanley Cup four times. We’ve seen him fight and come back time after time. But what some may not see is the very charitable side of D-Mac.
I got a text from his manager, Brian, Saturday night while I was in New York. He asked me if I could help with a fundraiser for a friend of his named Jeremy Grace. “Of course,” I tell him. It happened last Sunday evening at the Hôtel de Lyon Sud.
This brings me to the point of this post. Darren made an appearance in Troy that night but made a special trip to south Lyon to sign photos to raise money for Jeremy beforehand. And by the way, this isn’t the first nor the twentieth time I’ve seen “D” do things like this for someone in need. In the over 25 years that I’ve known him, I’ve never seen him blow off a fan looking for a photo or signature at an event. You’d be hard-pressed to find a former player who took more pictures with fans than him. He is gracious with his time and popularity.
Many years ago a friend of mine was seriously injured at a Kid Rock concert. After hearing about it, he donated a large sum for his healing. The next time I saw Rock, I went to thank him. He stopped me in mid-sentence and said, “We help people and don’t talk about it. That’s the kind of guy he is, just like Darren. Must be something in Michigan water. The people here are so generous.
Some guys won’t pat each other on the back, so I’ll do it for them. D-Mac is a good man who has helped many people across the community over the years – sometimes financially, sometimes to lift their spirits, sometimes just to be there for them, and sometimes just to tell them to “Go online. , Melty”…but that’s for another post.
Jeremy, I wish you the best! It was great meeting you on Sunday and seeing all the support from your friends and family. It was a big hill to climb for me to get there, but I’m so glad I made it. You got this bro!! Please let me know and we’ll have a cocktail party when you beat this!