On Friday, the Calgary Flames named Clint Malarchuk the team’s goaltending coach.
Malarchuk will join head coach Brent Sutter, associate coach Craig Hartsburg and assistant coach Dave Lowry.
Malarchuk has experience as the goaltending coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Atlanta Thrashers, where he spent last season. A native of Edmonton, Malarchuk played for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres from 1981-92.
However, Malarchuk is best known for an injury that took place on March 22, 1989. While playing for the Sabres, Malarchuk’s throat got completely slashed by the skate blade of Steve Tuttle of the St. Louis Blues. Malarchuk, who was near death, needed 300 stitches to properly close the wound.
Malarchuk replaces Jamie McLennan, who was fired on April 19. Malarchuk will be spending the majority of his time with the Flames’ top two goaltenders, Miikka Kiprusoff and Henrik Karlsson. He’ll also help other Flames’ goaltenders currently in their system.
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