Clint Malarchuk was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta where he played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League. He went on to
play professionally in the NHL for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals, and the Buffalo Sabres; in the IHL, he played for the San Diego Gulls and the Las Vegas Thunder. After leaving the NHL as a player, he served as head coach of the IHL Las Vegas Thunder and the Idaho Steelheads. He then became a goaltending coach for the NHL Florida Panthers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Atlanta Thrashers, and Calgary Flames.
Malarchuk is most notably known for an on-ice accident while tending the goal for the Buffalo Sabres. Clint’s jugular vein was
severed by a skate and he almost died on the ice. Following the accident, Clint lived with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression; he later survived a suicide attempt that finally led him to treatment and recovery. Clint’s book The Crazy Game: How I Survived The Crease And Beyond was just the beginning of his Mental Health Advocacy and charity work. Now, Clint speaks around North America on mental health, PTSD, depression, suicide, and his personal struggles with mental illness and how it affects an individual.
Clint's 2014 memoir is called The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond (Canada Title) or A Matter Of Inches:How I survived in the Crease and Beyond (US Title)
The Crazy Game
March 29, 2019