Clint Malarchuk has a busy schedule planned while he is in Sault Ste. Marie.
On Tuesday, May 9th Superior Media caught up with him at Highland Ford, where he spoke with media about an upcoming Conference and fundraising event. The Partners in Prevention Superior Ontario 2017 Conference will take place at the Quattro Hotel and Convention Centre May 10-11.
Clint Malarchuk is the keynote speaker for the WSPS conference, and his address is called ‘Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): A Normal Response to an Abnormal Event.”
Tuesday evening, (tonight) in the Quattro’s Ballroom, he will offer a glimpse into the life of the ‘Cowboy Goalie’ – a life that includes moving forward with mental illness. Starting at 7:00 pm, Malarchuk will take attendees through his journey to healing and learning to live with post-traumatic stress.
Malarchuk is a man who lived through a traumatic event while playing hockey. He spent 11 seasons – and played 338 games in the NHL. In 1989 a life-threatening on-ice accident forever changed the trajectory of his hockey playing career and life.
He suffered a work-place injury that is forever immortalized in video highlight reels of an NHL hockey game on March 22nd, 1989.
Malarchuk was in goal for the Buffalo Sabers in a game with the St. Louis Blues. Malarchuk suffered what many refer to as ‘the worst accident in sports – ever’ during the game. His throat – the interior carotid artery was accidentally slashed by the skate of St. Louis Blues player, Steve Tuttle.
It is through the post-traumatic stress, born out of that injury that Malarchuk’s life would become shaded with colours of mental illness.
“When that accident happened – I thought I was going to die. That was the onset of PTSD. Totally unaware, I went back to work as soon as I could, and unfortunately was not offered counseling.” he shared.
“I didn’t think anything of it but PTSD went undiagnosed for 19 years – and wreaked havoc on my life. We can all understand physical pain – but emotional and mental struggles can be hard to understand. My job now, is to make sure people know how dangerous it can be to ignore the mental trauma.”
Malarchuk is in Sault Ste. Marie to talk about mental illness and post-traumatic stress— openly and honestly. He brings valuable insight into the need to reduce stigma around mental health issues.
“I want to inspire hope.” Said Malarchuk. “With every talk I do, I want people to walk away feeling motivated and inspired to be healthy. So many people with mental health issues suffer alone, in silence. But it doesn’t have to be that way. They need to understand that they are not alone and they can get well.”
He has written a book with Dan Robson, called ‘The Crazy Game’. His book will be available for sale at both the conference (May 10-11) and the CMHA fundraising event Tuesday, May 9th.
Tickets for Tuesday’s event are available at the door, or by contacting Evelyn Mandalfino at (905) 464-6703. This is a rare opportunity to hear from an iconic Canadian hockey player about how to find peace amidst the chaos – about how to live an authentic life where PTSD intersects.
The WSPS has made Tuesday night’s event possible together with Highland Ford.
Tickets are $30.00 / person or $50.00 for two tickets. A table of 10 – $200.00.
Highland Ford is a major sponsor of Soo Thunderbirds Hockey. The CMHA fundraising event will feature an exclusive hockey skills competition, a silent auction and book signing.
Soo Thunderbirds Hockey Club is here: www.soothunderbirds.com
‘The Crazy Game’ was written by Clint Malarchuk and Dan Robson – published by HarperCollins Canada.
For information about WSPS Conference May 10-11, go here:.wsps.ca