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Clint Malarchuk
Selected in fourth round
No. 74 overall by Quebec Nordiques

Born May 1, 1961
Position: Goaltender
Height: 6-0   Weight: 175
Last Team: Portland (WHL)                               
Birthplace: Grande Prairie, Alberta (Canada)
Hometown: Grande Prairie, Alberta
Year TeamLeague GPW-L-T GAASO SV%
1977-78 Ft. Sask.AJHL 34n/a 4.671 n/a
1978-79 Ft. Sask.AJHL 51n/a 4.040 n/a
  PortlandWHL 201-00-1 2.000 .938
1979-80 PortlandWHL 3721-10-0 4.530 .875
1980-81 PortlandWHL 3828-08-0 3.813 .893

Not selected in 1980 NHL Entry Draft despite being eligible. ... Competed in junior rodeo events as a youngster in Alberta.
Debut: December 13, 1981 (Quebec at Buffalo)
Numbers:  30 (Quebec); 30 (Washington); 30 (Buffalo)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired July 24, 1995
YearsTeams GP W-L-TGAA SOSV%
1981-1992 QUE, WAS, BUF338 141-130-453.47 12.885
YearsTeams GPW-L GAA SOSV%
1986-1991 QUE, WAS, BUF15 2-94.300 .853

Buffalo Eddolls Trophy (Most Popular):
1991-92 (co-winner)
Buffalo Imlach Award (Dedication/Leadership): 1990-91
NHL Shutouts Leader: 1987-88 (Washington) (4 shutouts, tie)
Coaching Career: Named Florida goaltending coach on Aug. 21, 2002, and remained in that position through 2004-05 season. ... Named Columbus goaltending coach on Aug. 1, 2006, and remained in that position through 2006-07 season.
Miscellaneous: Made 27 saves in first NHL game to give Quebec 4-4 tie at Buffalo. ... Named NHL Player of Week for weeks ending Jan. 3, 1988, and Feb. 21, 1988. ... Tied Washington single-season record (since broken) with four shutouts in 1987-88. ... Won his first game in a Buffalo uniform, shutting out N.Y. Rangers 2-0 on March 8, 1989, in Buffalo. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with strained neck and shoulder, suffered during Buffalo's practice on Jan. 23, 1991. ... Named Buffalo Player of Month for October 1991. ... Missed parts of 1991-92 season with strep throat, contracted in November 1991, and stomach illness that led to an adverse reaction to medication in January 1992.
Malarchuk's Jugular Cut: Despite his impressive NHL career statistics, Malarchuk might be best known for an on-ice accident that could easily have claimed his life. It happened during Buffalo's March 22, 1989, game vs. St. Louis. Malarchuk, who was playing goal, was caught in the neck by the Blues' Steve Tuttle's skate as Tuttle was upended in front of the Sabres goal by Buffalo defenseman Uwe Krupp. The skate got caught under Malarchuk's mask and above his protective collar. It slashed his jugular vein, causing blood to gush out rapidly from a six-inch cut on the right side of his neck. Malarchuk flung off his mask and collapsed to the ice in a pool of his own blood, fearing that he was about to die. Malarchuk was helped off the ice under his own power, and Sabres trainers stitched him up quickly in the dressing room before sending him to the hospital. That night, the grisly scene was replayed on videotape on many local sports broadcasts across North America, and the incident gave Malarchuk a dose of celebrity he might never have expected. In the end, the injury was far less serious than it had appeared. Tuttle's skate had only cut Malarchuk's external jugular, sparing his interior jugular and vocal cords. Malarchuk was released from a St. Louis hospital on March 23, 1989, and returned to the Buffalo lineup on April 2, 1989.
Another Brush With Death: As if Malarchuk's 1989 jugular scare weren't enough, the Buffalo goalie suffered another close call on Jan. 27, 1992. On that day, following a Super Bowl party, he mixed pain medication with the alcohol he had been drinking at the party. Malarchuk had been given the prescription for pain killers to treat a stomach illness that he contracted on Jan. 23, 1992. The stomach trouble had landed him in a St. Louis hospital. Three days later, he had three or four beers as he watched the Super Bowl in Buffalo. He then went home and took his medication with another alcoholic drink, figuring it would make him drowsy and help him sleep through the night. Instead, he managed to poison himself. He lost consciousness and was rushed to the Erie County Medical Center. Malarchuk called the mixing of drugs and alcohol the "most traumatic experience I've ever had. The biggest mistake of my life." His need to take the homemade sleep medication that nearly killed him might have been tied to his history of alcoholism and his Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder, not yet been diagnosed at the time of this incident.
Post-Draft Teams: Fredericton (AHL); Rochester (AHL); San Diego, Las Vegas (IHL)
NHL-USSR Rendez-vous Series: 1987 (spare goalie, did not play)
AHL Holmes Award (Lowest Team GAA):
1982-83 (Fredericton) (co-winner with Brian Ford)
IHL Norris Trophy (Lowest Team GAA): 1992-93 (San Diego) (co-winner with Rick Knickle)
AHL Goals-Against Average Leader: 1982-83 (Fredericton) (3.11)
AHL Goalie Games-Played Leader: 1984-85 (Fredericton) (56)
AHL Minutes Leader: 1984-85 (Fredericton) (3,347 minutes)
AHL Goals-Allowed Leader: 1981-82 (Fredericton) (253 goals), 1984-85 (Fredericton) (198 goals)
IHL Wins Leader: 1993-94 (Las Vegas) (34 wins)
IHL Playoffs Goalie Games-Played Leader: 1993 (San Diego) (12)
1992-93: Played on IHL regular-season champion San Diego team that opened its season with a 25-0-1 record..
1993-94: Played on IHL regular-season champion (Las Vegas).
1995-96: Was assistant general manager for IHL regular-season champion (Las Vegas)
Broadcasting Career: Named Idaho (WCHL) radio color commentator prior to 2001-02 season and remained in position until Aug. 21, 2002.
Coaching Career: Named Las Vegas (IHL) goaltending coach on July 24, 1995, and remained in that position until March 6, 1998. ... Named Las Vegas (IHL) head coach on March 6, 1998, and remained in that position until June 2, 1998. ... Named Idaho (WCHL) head coach on June 2, 1998, and remained in that position through 1999-00 season. ... Named Prince George (WHL) goaltending consultant prior to 2001-02 season and remained in that position until Aug. 21, 2002.
Management Career: Named Las Vegas (IHL) assistant general manager on July 24, 1995, and remained in position until June 2, 1998.
Miscellaneous: Selected by fans to be starting goaltender for NHL in 1987 Rendez-Vous Series. The vote was largely the result of local Quebec fans who stuffed the ballot box so that their goaltender could start the series in his own rink. Although Malarchuk made the team, he did not play in any of the games. ... Loaned by Buffalo to San Diego (IHL) on Oct. 12, 1992, marking the end of his NHL career. ... Came out of retirement to play first four minutes of Las Vegas' March 5, 1996, game vs. Kansas City after Las Vegas had retired his No. 30 in a pregame ceremony. ... Came out of retirement to play three games for Las Vegas (IHL) while he was serving as team's assistant general manager during 1996-97 season. ... Studied horse dentistry at the Academy of Equine Dentistry in Glen's Ferry, Idaho, while coaching Idaho (WCHL) from 1998 to 2000. He earned full certification as a horse dentist. ... Also studied chiropractic care while coaching in Idaho. ... Was first player in Las Vegas (IHL) history to have his number retired. ... Announced during his playing days in the early 1990s that he had battled alcoholism and was diagnosed with Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder in 1991-92. ... Was active in charitable causes during his years in Las Vegas, including work with Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation, DARE program and the Tourette's Obsessive Disorder Foundation of Southern Nevada. ... Pursued career as a traveling horse dentist as a side business in addition to his hockey coaching duties after earning his horse dentistry degree.
Personal: Full name is Clint Regan Malarchuk. ... Younger brother of former minor-league goaltender Garth Malarchuk.
TRADE: Quebec traded Malarchuk and Dale Hunter to Washington in exchange for Gaetan Duchesne, Alan Haworth and 1987 first-round pick (Joe Sakic) on June 13, 1987.

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