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Malarchuk Cheats Death Again
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Blogs )

Oct 9th 2008 9:56PM by Eric McErlain (author feed)
Filed under: Blue Jackets, Bruins, Sabres, NHL Injuries, NHL Media Watch, NHL VideosFor most NHL fans, recalling the career of retired goalie Clint Malarchuk conjures some of the most horrifying images in the history of the game. Thanks to an errant skate blade, Malarchuk was slashed across the neck during a 1989 game between his Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins. If not for the quick reaction of the team’s medical staff, Malarchuk surely would have died on the ice.

Calling the incident horrifying isn’t an understatement. According to reports, nine fans feinted after watching the accident, while another two suffered heart attacks at the Aud in Buffalo.

Now, 19 years later, Malarchuk has cheated death again, this time at his own hand. Here’s the AFP account:
Ex-National Hockey League goalie Clint Malarchuk was recovering in hospital from his second nightmarish accident in 19 years after accidently shooting himself in the face with a hunting rifle on Tuesday.
The 47-year-old Malarchuk was rushed to hospital here after he shot himself with a .22-calibre rifle at his residence, The Record-Courier newspaper reported Wednesday.
[…]
Malarchuk’s wife, Christy, told police her husband had been out hunting rabbits at the time of the shooting. She said the gun accidently discharged while he placed it on the ground between his legs.
Malarchuk currently serves as the goalie coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets. For a look at that incident again from 19 years ago, see the video after the jump.Continue Reading


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