He had an NHL career that spanned several years, however he will always be remembered for an injury that almost took his life.
Clint Malarchuk played in the NHL from 1981 and 1992, but while in a game in 1989 between his Buffalo Sabres and the St Louis Blues, Malarchuck was cut with a skate blade. Steve Tuttle’s blade hit the carotid artery in Malarchuk’s neck, shooting a large amount of blood from his neck in seconds.
Emergency crews were able to save his life, but his mental illness was also a major battle he dealt with between the pipes.
Malarchuk says “No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, and as stress-ridden as that of an NHL goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career nearly cut short by a skate slicing across your neck. Clint Malarchuk will share his extraordinary and heart-wrenching life story—which includes his battle with alcoholism and almost ending his life—in his relentless effort to help end the stigma of mental illness and to help others who may suffer as well.”
On Thursday November 22 at Albert College in Belleville, Malarchuk will discuss his battle, hoping to end the stigma around mental health problems.
His book will be available for sale, and he will sign copies of it at the event, along with posing for photos.
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