DETROIT (AP) -Red Wings forward made his season debut with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night and was in the starting lineup against the St. Louis Blues.
McCarty, 35, has dealt with personal issues and substance abuse in recent years. He played in the NHL last season with the Calgary Flames.
He began his comeback with the Flint Generals of the IHL in January and has been nursing rib injuries since the Red Wings recalled him March 7 from Grand Rapids of the AHL. He was assigned to Grand Rapids on a conditioning loan after being signed by Detroit last month to a one-year contract.
McCarty played for the Red Wings from 1993-04, helping the team win Stanley Cup titles in 1997 - when he scored the winning goal against Philadelphia - 1998 and 2002.
He was joined in the starting lineup Friday by familiar ``Grind Line'' linemates Kris Draper and Kirk Maltby.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Updated Stanley Cup Odds The NHL Preseason is set to begin in about a month. Here is a look at the latest odds to win the Stanley Cup in 2017.
Thumbnail Datsyuk leaves, Mrazek stays in Detroit After three-time Selke Trophy winner Pavel Datsyuk officially decided to return to Russia, Detroit fans needed a...
Thumbnail Stamkos staying with Tampa The biggest prize in NHL free agency has elected to stay home, as Steven Stamkoshas signed a new deal with the Tampa Bay...
Thumbnail Stanley Cup Game 6 Pick The San Jose Sharks hope to force a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight...
Thumbnail Stanley Cup Final Game 5 Pick Will the Pittsburgh Penguins close out the Stanley Cup Final tonight when they host the San Jose Sharks in...
More inNHL Articles  

NHL Team Pages