McCarty finds a lot to like at the Dirty 30 tournament
Four-time Stanley Cup champion Darren McCarty filled in for the late Ted Lindsay to do the honors at the 2019 Women’s Dirty Thirty Tournament championship games on October 27.
Players and fans were thrilled to see another Wings great on the ice. But it was McCarty who may have had the most fun.
“From the Novice Division to Advanced, the passion for the game, the beauty, maturity and competitive level out there and love of the game were the most fun for me to watch and enjoy,” McCarty said.
“It reminded me of my mom’s career. … She played for the Ontario Essex Blue Angels 19U travel team, and it was a big part of her life.”
Ten years into retirement from professional hockey, McCarty relishes playing in Red Wings Alumni charity games and mixing with players and fans from the entire spectrum of the game. He finds that hockey players are all the same at heart: They love the game.
They also have a good time. When McCarty dropped the puck for the Women’s Novice championship game, he told the players, “Let’s have a fun game. And don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!”
Both teams took it as a dare and piled into a sham brawl, which briefly freaked out reporter-photographer Mariah Mumford.
“But McCarty loved it,” she said. “He was laughing so hard, he almost fell down.”