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This Day In Sports History (March 22nd) – Clint Malarchuk
It was on this day in 1989 that Buffalo Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk suffered a near fatal throat injury. Malarchuk had his interior carotid artery severed when teammate Uwe Krupp and St. Louis Blues forward Steve Tuttle crashed into him at a high speed.
Malarchuk came dangerously close to losing his life that night, but the quick thinking of athletic trainer Jim Pizzutelli saved him. Pizzutelli, a former army medic who served in Vietnam, reached into Clint’s neck and pinched off the bleeding until doctors arrived. It took doctors 90 minutes and over 300 stitches to close the wound. Surprisingly, Malarchuk spent only one night in the hospital and was back at practice just four days later.
Although throat injuries in hockey are rare, when they do happen they can be deadly. Richard Zednik suffered a similar injury in 2008 and one can only wonder what it will take to make neck guards mandatory in the NHL.
Here is a clip of the horrific injury (Warning: Graphic Video).
Russell Maryland, NFL – Born March 22nd 1969 (age 44) in Chicago, Illinois
Marcus Camby, NBA – Born March 22nd 1974 (age 39) in Hartford, Connecticut
Joey Porter, NFL – Born March 22nd 1977 (age 36) in Kansas City, Missouri