Flames Part Ways With Clint Malarchuk

The Calgary Flames made a minor move this week, reportedly parting ways with goalie coach Clint Malarchuk.

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Malarchuk is probably best known for the horrific incident in 1989 when his throat was gashed open by Steve Tuttle’s skate blade and he nearly bled to death. It was estimated that his blood loss was so severe that he probably would’ve died if he had been playing at the other end of the ice – “luckily” the incident occurred on the zamboni end of the Buffalo arena. Remarkably, Malarchuk not only lived, but resumed playing hockey just weeks later. Malarchuk spent 1982 to 1997 as a pro goalie, including 351 NHL appearances split between Quebec, Buffalo and Washington.

He joined the Flames prior to the 2011-12 season as a goalie coach after previously coaching in Florida, Columbus and Atlanta.

Malarchuk has had an incredible life. I’d recommend watching the ESPN 30-for-30 short on his life (entitled “Cutthroat”) and checking out the article Dan Robson did on him for Sportsnet Magazine. According to Darren Haynes, his auto-biography comes out in the fall. I’ve had the pleasure to chat with Clint a bit over the past few years, and he’s very intense, but also very insightful.

He reportedly left the club in March to attend to personal matters. Hopefully all is well for Clint, now and in the future.

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  • ChinookArchYYC

    I remember seeing the highlights of that game in Buffalo; it was horrifying.
    He seems like a good man, and I hope his life is headed in the right direction.

    • Parallex

      Me too. It was the first time I had ever seen blood literally stream out of a human body, It was the first time just seeing something making my stomach upset. Scary stuff.

  • Change of direction for BT? Who is the guy you’d want as his replacement?

    Nice to see Dan get a shoutout for his piece on Clint. Dan is a friend of mine, awesome writer & all around great guy.

  • Clint had this habit of walking through the Flames room while the players were doing media after practice. He’d occasionally walk past an interview and tap the reporter on the shins with his stick. Scared the bejesus outta me the first time. He always chuckled as he did it.

  • T&A4Flames

    A few popular, seemingly effective coaches being let go now. Malarchuk, Ward etc. what’s with the AHL teams goalie coach, Legolet or something like that? I he sticking around? Being promoted?

  • dudeguybro

    I got the chance to meet Mr. Malarchuk as a kid at the Calgary Stampede in ’93 or ’94. As a young hockey fan I was quite curious about the incident and inelegantly asked him about it. He very politely showed me the scar and talked about the accident from his singularly unique perspective.

    All of the adults gathered around to see the scar and hear the story but had been too polite to broach the subject themselves. He handled the whole thing graciously and made a very positive impact on an impressionable young mind. So thank you Mr. Malarchuk, good luck in all of your future endeavors.

  • beloch

    Calgary hasn’t had the best goal tending the last few seasons, but every rookie goalie that spent time with Malarchuk made observable progress. Ramo, Ortio, and even Berra all improved under his tutelage. Malarchuk’s shoes are going to be tough to fill. He was also first in line to kick Tort’s butt, and that scores points with me!

    There is evidence for and against Chabot’s efficacy up in Oilertown. Dubnyk seemed to do allright under Chabot, except for that last disastrous season, and he apparently still likes the guy. Pretty much every other goalie Edmonton has had come through their revolving door has turned to crap under Chabot’s watch though. If Edmonton pounced on Malrchuk I think they’d be trading up.

  • DragonFlame

    I hope it was a mutual parting of ways. I’d like to think Treliving isn’t making changes just for the sake of making changes. All the best to you, Clint, hopefully the boys at 960 can interview you some time in the near future.

  • Emperor Crayons

    Eli Wilson comes to mind. Calgary ties, coaching experience at all levels, and if I’m not mistaken he was essentially the runner-up for the job when Malarchuk was hired.

  • DragonFlame

    Just curious how important the goaltending coach is to a team? Are there cases of a new GT coach turning a goalie around? Was Malarchuk responsible for Ramo settling down in the second half?

  • BurningSensation

    A. LOVE Clint Malarchuk. Best of Luck and Happy Voyages to you sir.

    B. Lowetide posted this in his comment section today:

    “Darren Dreger ‏@DarrenDreger 9m
    At least 8 teams have shown interest in acquiring the 1st pick overall from the Panthers. Van, Cgy, Edmtn and Tor among them.”

    So it’s good to know the Flames have at least asked as to what the price to move up should be,, so we got that going for us.

    I also have to think that the one guy Calgary would want bad enough to move up to first overall for is Ekblad. His YouTube highlights are hardcore pornography for a guy like Burke.