In the spirit of The Game and The Blind Side, a raw, raucous and unvarnished look at life between the posts.
No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating and as stress-ridden as that of a hockey goaltender. Standing in the crease facing one-hundred-mile-an-hour slapshots, the entire game riding on your glove hand, standing on your head when necessary-all job requirements for those wanting to be the best goalies in the world. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, and having your career nearly literally cut short by a skate across your neck.
The Crazy Game takes you deep into the troubled mind of Clint Malarchuk, the former NHL goaltender for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. Even as a boy, Malarchuk faced such deep anxiety that he missed school and acted out at school and with his friends. His OCD changed the way he trained, and he was almost always the last player off the ice. When his throat was slashed during a collision in the crease, Malarchuk nearly died on the ice. Forever changed, he struggled deeply with depression and a dependence on alcohol, which nearly cost him his life and left a bullet in his head.
No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating, and stress-ridden as that of a hockey goaltender. Clint Malarchuk did that job while suffering high anxiety, depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder and had his career nearly literally cut short by a skate across his neck, to date the most gruesome injury hockey has ever seen. This autobiography takes readers deep into the troubled mind of Malarchuk, the former NHL goaltender for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals, and the Buffalo Sabres. When his carotid artery was slashed during a collision in the crease, Malarchuk nearly died on the ice. Forever changed, he struggled deeply with depression and a dependence on alcohol, which nearly cost him his life and left a bullet in his head. In A Matter of Inches, Malarchuk reflects on his past as he looks forward to the future, every day grateful to have cheated death—twice.
"ThIS IS A TOUGH BOOK WRITTEN BY A TOUGH SURVIVOR. It will help a lot of people.A must read."
"A POWERFULL, BRAVE, AND BRUTALLY HONEST LOOK INSUDE THE GAME,but more importantly inside mental illness. Every hockey fan carries the nightmare memory of Clint Malarchuk bleeding on the ice. Here,with the help of Dan robson, he speaks about the legacy of that injury, about wounds that were far more than skin deep. It's a haunting book that tells a story till being written"
"THIS IS THE MOST HARROWING STORY IN HOCKEY IF NOT ALL OF SPORTS.It would take a brave man to endure all that Clint Malarchuk has. It would take a heroic one to take readers through his battle with mental illness. This ia drama of the highest order, a white-knuckle journey into darkness, a suspenseful tale of survival."
"I've known Clint for 26 years, as i coached him in Washington and he was my goalie coach in Columbus. A good goalie, and a great coach, and a better person. A GREAT READ ABOUR HIS BATTLES AND HOW HE REFUSES TO GIVE UP"
"THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL BOOKS WRITTEN BY AN ATHLETE. Clint will help many others by sharing his life story. I applaud Clint for being so courageous."
"THIS IS AN AMAZING BOOK. An odyssey of pain, illness, determination and triumph against long, long odds. This took courage to write and requires a strong stomach to read. I treasured it, mainly because of my respect for the author. This book will save lives."