McCarty retires

Darren McCarty, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons who won four Stanley Cup titles with the Detroit Red Wings, announced his retirement yesterday.

McCarty, 37, spent 13 seasons with the Red Wings. The forward appeared in 758 games overall, recording 127 goals, 288 points, and 1,477 penalty minutes.

He scored the Cup-winning goal in the 1997 Finals, against the Flyers, to end Detroit's 42-year title drought. He also helped the Red Wings hoist the Cup in 1998, 2002, and 2008.

After signing with Calgary in 2005, he returned to Detroit to finish his career. McCarty played in only 13 games last season before becoming a free agent and was not signed in the last off-season.

Olympic plans

The U.S. Olympic hockey team's roster could be set as soon as next week.

The 23-man roster will not be announced until after the Winter Classic game between the Flyers and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1, but general manager Brian Burke plans to make his final decisions well before then.

The team's six-man selection committee will meet in Pebble Beach, Calif., before the NHL's board of governors meetings on Monday.

Burke has five NHL general managers on his staff - David Poile, Don Waddell, Dean Lombardi, Ray Shero, and the Flyers' Paul Holmgren.

The team is coached by Ron Wilson.

- Associated Press