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Entries with the tag: Clint Malarchuk
from Dan Robson of Sportsnet Magazine,
He didn’t choose the bullets. Just grabbed the first ones he saw—.22 short, as opposed to the .22 longs that sat nearby. He fires them out, one by one. He doesn’t keep track of the shots. His head is lost in repeating thoughts, swirling endlessly: “I can’t go on. Can’t do this anymore.” He can’t escape the constant hum of his anxiety. “Can’t get out of my head. Can’t turn it off.” His tanned face, rugged and square, is red and wet with tears.
The pills don’t help. Haven’t for a while. Just seem to make things worse. And the more he pops, the further he slips into that place where reason dies. The booze just cranks up the hum.
There is no note; no poetry here. No tidy ending for last goodbyes. He didn’t plan to die—not today, anyway. Didn’t wake up feeling that this, finally, would be it. As easy, as quick as the bullets in that gun—click by click, one by one—a trigger tug away from being gone.
He sits down on a stool behind the shed, facing out to where coyotes roam and wild horses run. He rests the gun on the table next to him.
Hockey loved Clint Malarchuk. He was the game’s Cowboy Goalie, its stone-cold keeper.
added 7:22pm, Video story has been added below…
This is a preview of a story by Christine Simpson of Sportsnet which will appear tomorrow, hopefully it will be made available on the web and if so, I will post it.
“I remember thinking, ‘Holy crap, I just shot myself in the head. It wasn’t like a premeditated suicide. It was stupid. I actually thought the gun wasn’t loaded. It was impulsive. Crazy, irrational. Mind spinning a hundred miles an hour. It wasn’t like I left a note. I call it an accident.”
-Clint Malarchuk, goalie coach for the Calgary Flames. More from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald.
from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,
It’s been a busy day for the Thrashers front office. Just a few hours after signing defenseman Freddy Meyer the team has announced that former Buffalo Sabre Clint Malarchuk has been hired as a goaltending consultant. Malarchuk will spend some of his time in Atlanta working with Ondrej Pavelec and Chris Mason and will also travel to work with other goalies in the organization whether they’re in the AHL, ECHL, CHL or college (if NCAA rules permit it of course).
from the Record-Courier,
Ex-National Hockey League goalie Clint Malarchuk was charged Saturday with driving under the influence in Gardnerville with a blood-alcohol content reportedly three times the legal limit in Nevada.
Malarchuk was stopped just before 10 p.m. Saturday when a deputy on patrol on Toler at Stodick Park observed a pickup truck cross the double-yellow line for about 100 feet before it swerved back. The vehicle crossed the yellow line a second time at Orchard Road.
A driver identified as Malarchuk reportedly denied he’d been drinking and told the officer he hadn’t had a drink in two years.
The driver agreed to a field sobriety test and stumbled as he stepped out of the truck. A preliminary test indicated a breath-alcohol content of .233, according to reports.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
...Which is to say this looked exactly like a suicide attempt, but there is no way to prove it.
Malarchuk, after resisting, ultimately accepted treatment and was hospitalized. He has since been discharged. His coaching career is in jeopardy and he has put the Jackets in an awful position. This gunshot will reverberate for days, months, years.
I should say, off the top, that Malarchuk is one of the most compelling and likable human beings I’ve met.
from the Buffalo News,
Former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk accidentally shot himself in the chin Tuesday with a .22-caliber rifle at his Fish Springs residence, according to the Record-Courier of Nevada.
Malarchuk, 47, was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by helicopter. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident Wednesday to determine if the shooting was accidental, the paper said….
Malarchuk is the goaltending coach for the National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets, and lives with his family in Fish Springs, Nev.
via the Columbus Dispatch,
Blue Jackets goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk was involved in an altercation this week in Nashville, Tenn., The Dispatch has learned.
No report was filed with the Nashville Police Department, and Malarchuk did not return phone calls seeking comment.
The incident occurred several hours after the Blue Jackets arrived in Nashville on Monday for a game Tuesday.
Malarchuk, whose face was badly bruised, did not fly back to Columbus late Tuesday with the team, instead returning to his ranch in Nevada.
General manager Scott Howson said the club would have no comment.
Hitchcock was asked if he was planning to “go with Malarchuk” tonight against the Canucks:
“Hey, he wasn’t bad for a guy in the 1970s. I don’t think you’ll see him (Thursday night). It was hard enough to get him out there for practice. He kept holding out for a better deal. We didn’t get it done until right before practice.”