TAP 043 - Former NHL Player Clint Malarchuk On Playing Pro Sports with Mental Health Issues, Nearly Dying 3 Times & The Crazy Game


In this episode Clint Malarchuk shares some truly amazing stories about his life.  

Malarchuk is best known for having survived a life-threatening injury during a 1989 NHL game when another player's skate blade sliced his carotid artery and jugular vein, causing immediate massive blood loss.

We discuss his time as an NHL goaltender, how he nearly died 3 times and how he suffered from Anxiety, depression and OCD.  Clint's story is massively courageous and today he speaks publicly about his struggle for the benefit of others.

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating and as stress-ridden as that of a hockey goaltender. Standing in the crease facing one-hundred-mile-an-hour slapshots, the entire game riding on your glove hand, standing on your head when necessary-all job requirements for those wanting to be the best goalies in the world. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, and having your career nearly literally cut short by a skate across your neck.

The Crazy Game takes you deep into the troubled mind of Clint Malarchuk, the former NHL goaltender for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. Even as a boy, Malarchuk faced such deep anxiety that he missed school and acted out at school and with his friends. His OCD changed the way he trained, and he was almost always the last player off the ice. When his throat was slashed during a collision in the crease, Malarchuk nearly died on the ice. Forever changed, he struggled deeply with depression and a dependence on alcohol, which nearly cost him his life and left a bullet in his head.



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In this particular episode you will learn:

- How Clint survived in the NHL while suffering form Anxiety, Depression & OCD

- How much of Clint's training was fuelled by OCD

- What happened for Clint to nearly die on 3 separate occasions

- How it's getting easier to talk about mental health in pro sports

- How Clint did a good job of hiding his pain for many years in the NHL

- Clint talks about how no one is immune to this type of problem

- How we are all affected in some way by mental health

- How Clint was affected by one of the worst accidents in sports history

- How Clint now advocates and gives back by openly talking about his struggle

- The biggest fear is being sent to the minors

- How even stars like Sidney Crosby have stress around performance




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