Welcome to Health Interrupted hosted by Celebrity Fitness Trainer, Gina Lombardi and Former Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler.
Clint Malarchuk was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta and played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League. He went on to play professionally in the NHL for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals, and the Buffalo Sabres, and in the IHL for the Las Vegas Thunder. After leaving the NHL as a player, he served as head coach of the IHL Las Vegas Thunder and the Idaho Steelheads. He was then a goaltending coach for the NHL Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He became the goaltending consultant for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, going from there to the Calgary Flames, and retiring from the team in 2014.
In 1989, he received the most terrible injury in the history of ice hockey, his throat was slashed during a collision in the crease and 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. Now, a mental health advocate, Clint speaks professionally around North America on mental health, PTSD, and depression. Through Clint’s experiences as an NHL player and coach, he has developed philosophies on developing leadership skills and overcoming life struggles. Clint is also a bestselling author of two books “A Matter of Inches” & “The Crazy Game” – in those books, Clint reflects on his past as he looks forward to the future, every day grateful to have cheated death – twice.
00:46 Gina & Laura introduce Clint Malarchuk.
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00:05:00 Clint discusses childhood trauma with his father that lead to anxiety and depression later in life
00:07:40 Laura and Clint discuss connection between childhood trauma and mental health
00:10:36 Clint talks about his 1989 NHL jugular vein accident on the ice
00:11:52 Clint talks about the trauma of his accident– ptsd, nightmares, anxiety, depression – 20 years undiagnosed
00:12:33 After 20 years with undiagnosed trauma, Clint attempts suicide as he shot himself in the head – yet survived and still has the bullet in his skull to this day.
00:13:08 Clint discusses in detail the NHL accident
00:17:00 Clint discusses purpose as an athlete coupled with depression and guilt while in the NHL
00:18:35 Clint realized his purpose was to turn his experiences into action to help others who are suffering with mental health
00:19:13 Clint talks about the fear of the unknown of mental illness
00:21:00 Clint discusses the mental health effects of COVID-19 and having had COVID himself
00:23:54 Clint discusses his relationship with his wife Joanie
00:25:00 Clint talks about attempting suicide in front of his wife Joanie
00:30:10 Clint discusses his mental health advocacy with military and first responders
00:30:22 Clint mentions equine therapy
00:31:44 Clint discusses meditation and working out as tools to support his mental health
00:34:10 Clint talks about his book The Crazy Game, A Matter of Inches
00:35:22 Clint talks about his podcast Warriors Unmasked
00:37:40 Our sponsor for today is The Zen Roller. Visit www.healthinterruptedpodcast.com to learn more!
00:38:24 Clint sits in THE HEALTH SEAT and gives us her health tips and CALL TO ACTION
LINKS:NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE Hotline 1-800-273-8255
National Alliance on Mental Illness
In A Crisis Free Support 24/7
Call the NAMI Help Line @ 1-800-950-6264
NAMI to 741741
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