Clint Malarchuk featured on the espn 30 for 30 series tomorrow. ESPN generally does a very good job with these short documentaries, should be a good watch. A bit excited to see which former Sabres/alumni are asked for recollections over the incident. Definitely one of the most gruesome and terrifying injuries in recent memory.
I liked Malarchuk when he was a Capital, and was pretty excited when Buffalo traded for him at the deadline (yes, that's what passed for excitement as a Sabres fan in the 80s). I watched that game on TV , and it was terrible waiting to hear whether he was going to be ok or not (obviously). Anyway, seems like he has/had some major problems and I won't be surprised if the show makes out the skate incident to be a cause of them. That might just be an excuse, but I'll tune in to see what he's up to these days.
wow, lots of respect for Clint for admitting that his gunshot wound was a suicide attempt. That couldn't have been easy for him... especially considering he still has an active coaching career in the NHL.
I got goosebumps seeing the Aud again and the incident was graphic but edited well. Really a good short, concise and introspective, transitioned from spectator to autobiography, just classy. Good to see Malarchuk is doing well.
The newest installment of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series, Cutthroat, debuts today on Grantland.com. The short film focuses on former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk and his emotional and physical recovery from one of the most gruesome injuries in sports history.
During a game against the St. Louis Blues, an opposing player’s skate blade severed Malarchuk’s carotid artery, causing one of the most shocking scenes to ever take place in a hockey rink. From award-winning director Steven Cantor, Cutthroat chronicles Malarchuk’s injury, his remarkably short two-week physical recovery and his long grueling emotional and mental journey, which spans twenty years and included a six-month stay in a mental hospital for long-overdue PTSD treatment.
ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 Shorts series is artfully crafted by Blue Moon. Previous films from the series include Arnold’s Blueprint, Ali: The Mission, and The Irrelevant Giant, among others. All can be viewed on Grantland.com.
It got a little dusty watching this one. I can't imagine how tough it was for Clint to talk about it in that detail, then to talk about his suicide attempt. Glad he's on the rebound and working in hockey again.
I've never seen footage of his injury....I don't have the stomach for it. Is this video very graphic/does it actually show the injury happening?
I've seen it several times over the years (including live on TV as a kid) and there's a lot of blood but it's not like a gore film where you get up close and see the inside of the guy's neck. Blood pools around him and the cameras pan way out and then stop filming the ice all together.