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Speaker Series

Clint Malarchuk

February 22, 2016, 5:00pm

Rogers Center for the Arts, Merrimack College

NHL Goaltender Quebec Nordiques (1981-87), Washington Capitals (1987-88), Buffalo Sabres (1988-92), Mental Health Advocate & Author

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating and as stress-ridden as that of a hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career nearly literally cut short when a skate sliced across your neck. Malarchuk and his wife Joannie share the extraordinary and heart-wrenching life story of Clint’s long battle with alcoholism, as well as his almost life-ending incident of a gunshot to the head – in a relentless effort to help end the stigma of mental illness and to help others who may suffer as well.

Clint Malarchuk was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta and raised in Edmonton. He played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League and eventually went on to play professionally in the NHL for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals, and the Buffalo Sabres, as well as the IHL for the Las Vegas Thunder. He compiled a career record of 141 wins, 130 losses, 45 ties, 12 shutouts, and an .885 save percentage.

After leaving the NHL as a player, he served as head coach of the IHL Las Vegas Thunder and the Idaho Steelheads. He was then a goaltending coach for the NHL Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He became the goaltending consultant for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, going from there to Calgary Flames, and retiring from the team in 2014.

His memoir, A Matter of Inches: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond, was published in 2014.

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Made possible through the generosity of AT&T
and Robert McCusker ’68


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Retired professional ice hockey goaltender Clint Malarchuk shares his struggle with anxiety, depression and OCD. After a near-death experience on the ice, Malarchuk was forever changed – overcome by PTSD and substance abuse – conditions that nearly cost him his life. 


Upcoming Speakers:

March 8, 2016
Immaculee Ilibagiza
Cascia Hall

April 6, 2016
Jerry Greenfield
MPR, Sakowich Campus Center