Canada Reads 2019

Clint Malarchuk

Clint Malarchuk is a former professional hockey player and the author of the memoir The Crazy Game, with Dan Robson.
Clint Malarchuk is a former NHL goaltender and the author of The Crazy Game, with Dan Robson. (Submitted by Clint Malarchuk)

Clint Malarchuk's memoir The Crazy Game — co-written with Dan Robson — is on the Canada Reads 2019 longlist. The final five books and the panellists defending them will be revealed on Jan. 31, 2019.

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About Clint Malarchuk

Clint Malarchuk is a former NHL goaltender who played for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. Originally from Grande Prairie, Alberta, he later became a goaltending coach for the Calgary Flames. Today, he lives on a ranch in Nevada. 

Malarchuk is perhaps best known for surviving a near death experience in 1989 when another hockey player's skate blade sliced through his carotid artery in one of the most dramatic on-ice injuries of all time. His book The Crazy Game, co-writtenby Dan Robson, describes his struggle with PTSD following that incident, and with mental health and substance abuse challenges throughout his life — culminating in a suicide attempt.

Clint Malarchuk on recovery as a constant journey

"It's my story and I can't screw it up. It's pretty easy for me to tell my story about trauma, about addiction. My father was an abusive alcoholic and so I start [there] and talk about how later trauma affected me. As one doctor told me, I was the 'perfect storm' when the tragic accident happened in Buffalo. It really set me off in a lot of bad ways, with obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and the craziest night tremors and dreams... 

I'm doing great overall. I have a lot of recovery [work] that I do daily to keep my balance and I do it and life is wonderful. I'm very grateful to be alive and to be here. - Clint Malarchuk

"Being a survivor, I'm a big advocate for helping people on addiction, because there's no way I would have pulled that trigger had I been sober... [Today] I'm doing great overall. I have a lot of recovery [work] that I do daily to keep my balance and I do it and life is wonderful. I'm very grateful to be alive and to be here." 

Listen to Clint Malarchuk's full interview with CBC Radio's The Early Edition

Books by Clint Malarchuk

Interviews with Clint Malarchuk 

Clint Malarchuk suffered one of the most horrific accidents in NHL history in 1989, when another player's skate severed his jugular vein. But decades later, undiagnosed PTSD from the incident would put his life in peril again. Warning: This story contains graphic detail of injury and a suicide attempt. 21:50
In his book, "The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond", Clint Malarchuk talks about his struggle with an obsessive compulsive disorder and goes back on the dramatic on-ice incident in 1989. Guest host Allison Van Rassel speaks with Malarchuk and to the author of the biography Dan Robson. 15:06
Former NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk has gone through both physical and mental trauma in his life, and, after two brushes with death, he's sharing his story and advocating for better mental health support. 8:33
Famous for nearly dying on the ice during an NHL game in 1989. 9:15

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