Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the ghastly injury that Clint Malarchuk suffered in 1989.
Malarchuk miraculously survived a goal-crease collision with St. Louis’ Steve Tuttle that left his jugular vein sliced open by Tuttle’s skate. Nine fans fainted in their seats as a circle of blood on the ice got bigger and bigger with each beat of Malarchuk’s heart.
The Sabres lose to the Blues 2-1, but no one really cared.
Malarchuk would recover and return to the Sabres, but not as quickly as he wanted to. While being raced to the hospital in an ambulance, he asked paramedics:
“Can you have me back for the third period?”
I certainly won’t post pictures or video of that nightmare, but I will post a picture of his mask:
Malarchuk currently works as a goaltending consultant for the Atlanta Thrashers.