Clint Malarchuk Professional Ice hockey Player
Clint Malarchuk (born May 1, 1961 in Grande Prairie, Alberta and raised in Edmonton, Alberta), is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) between 1981 and 1992, and is currently an assistant coach with the Calgary Flames. Malarchuk is perhaps most well known for surviving a life-threatening injury during a game when another player's skate blade slashed his jugular vein, causing immediate massive blood loss. Malarchuk played junior hockey for the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He then went on to play professionally in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals, and Buffalo Sabres, and in the International Hockey League (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. During a game on March 22, 1989, between the visiting St. Louis Blues and Malarchuk's Buffalo Sabres, Steve Tuttle of the Blues and Uwe Krupp of the Sabres became entangled while chasing the puck and crashed into Malarchuk's goal. Tuttle's skate caught Malarchuk on the neck, severing his jugular.