After Dodging Death Twice, Ex-Goalie Clint Malarchuk Makes Saves of Bigger Kind

October 10th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

The first time around, Clint Malarchuk did not want to die. The second time, 19 years later, he didn't give a damn.

"Look what you made me do," Malarchuk said to his fourth wife, Joanie, right after sending a .22-caliber bullet through his chin, tongue, several teeth, roof of his mouth and a nasal cavity where it came to rest just millimeters from his brain.

Joanie, who met her husband in San Antonio in 2004 when he worked as goalie coach of the AHL's Rampage, started the mental checklists of being a widow.

"It became almost like an out-of-body experience at that second," she said. "I don't really know how I was able to get on my phone and dial 911. I just went into instant shock when it happened. I thought I was witnessing my husband's death."

In Malarchuk's brain, one awash in booze and self-pity, that would have been fine. As an 11-year NHL veteran goaltender for three different teams, Malarchuk didn't care about another comeback.

On March 22, 1989, the Buffalo Sabres had a game that night at The Aud against the St. Louis Blues, and starting goalie Clint Malarchuk was feeling pretty goo ...

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