014 | Clint Malarchuk: A Mental Health Conversation with the Cowboy Goalie

Townsend Institute Podcast Series

30-11-2023 • 32 mins

Clint Malarchuk, a native of Grande Prairie, Alberta played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League. He went on to play in the NHL for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals, and the Buffalo Sabres, and in the IHL for the Las Vegas Thunder. Malarchuk survived a life-threatening injury during a 1989 NHL game when a player's skate made contact with his neck, slicing his jugular vein causing immediate massive blood loss.


Living 20 years with undiagnosed PTSD which lead to a suicide attempt in 2008, Clint recovered physically, mentally and emotionally to become a Mental Health Advocate and renowned Professional Speaker on Mental Health and his journey living with OCD, PTSD, Depression and Anxiety. His memoir, The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond, was published in 2014. This has given him a platform to help raise awareness for Mental Health and PTSD. He is a recipient of the AMHCA Presidents Award 2023 in recognition for his dedication and outstanding service to the Mental Health Profession.


Important Note: This episode provides details of a traumatic on-ice injury, as well as thoughts surrounding an attempted suicide. If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, we urge you to contact the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by dialing 988.


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