Former NHL Goalie Talks Mental HealthAugust 9, 2018 6:27am
Former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuck will be in Kitchener for a talk about mental health.
It is in collaboration with the International Softball Congress 2018 World Fastball Tournament which starts on Saturday.
Marachuck played in the NHL between 1981 and 1992 and wrote a book after his career called “The Crazy Game”.
During his playing days, he had his throat slashed by a skate blade and that had a traumatic effect on his life.
“It wasn’t even discussed,” said Malarchuk. “And I didn’t event think about it either. And the next year I started to have these nightmares and these flashbacks and they were very, very vivid. So vivid that my heart raced and it wasn’t just a bad dream, I had the physical aspects and the emotional aspects with a racing heart, sweating, sitting up in bed and grabbing my neck.”
Malarchuk says while there is more support for mental health today, there is still more to be done and the conversation needs to continue. He feels leading speaking engagements has helped him.
“Once you do it, it becomes kind of a therapy for yourself,” said Malarchuk. “That you are coming out and leading and helping others. And I know this because of the feedback I get from my talks.”
Malarchuk’s talks will be on Monday, August 13 at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Edelweiss Sports Banquet Hall on Doon Village Dr. in Kitchener.