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May 26, 2021 55 min


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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00:02:36 Our sponsor for today’s episode is Body of Harmony

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 to learn more!

00:38:24 Clint sits in THE HEALTH SEAT and gives us her health tips and CALL TO ACTION





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