Former NHL goaltender Clint Malarchuk bared his soul to a crowd of hockey players, coaches and parents during a mental health presentation Sunday at the Hermantown High School auditorium.
Malarchuk spoke openly about his battles with depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and post traumatic stress disorder. The PTSD comes from nearly dying on the ice when his throat was cut on the ice while playing for the Buffalo Sabres in 1989. Malarchuk had two more brushes with death when he was hospitalized after self-medicating insomnia with pain killers and alcohol, and again in 2008 when he attempted suicide by shooting himself in the head. The bullet remains lodged in his skull.
Malarchuk wrote a book about his battles with mental health in 2014, "The Crazy Game," and now tours the country doing speeches like Sunday's in Hermantown. The presentation is part of a series of events taking place to honor the late Mark Pavelich by raising awareness of mental health. Funds are also being raised for The Ranch — Teammates for Life, an organization that works with hockey players and veterans who suffer from mental health issues. A charity golf outing at Giants Ridge in Biwabik is scheduled for Monday.