The Crazy Game

The Crazy Game

How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond

Book - 2014
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In the spirit of The Game and The Blind Side, a raw, raucous and unvarnished look at life between the posts.

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating and as stress-ridden as that of a hockey goaltender. Standing in the crease facing one-hundred-mile-an-hour slapshots, the entire game riding on your glove hand, standing on your head when necessary-all job requirements for those wanting to be the best goalies in the world. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder, and having your career nearly literally cut short by a skate across your neck.
The Crazy Game takes you deep into the troubled mind of Clint Malarchuk, the former NHL goaltender for the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. Even as a boy, Malarchuk faced such deep anxiety that he missed school and acted out at school and with his friends. His OCD changed the way he trained, and he was almost always the last player off the ice. When his throat was slashed during a collision in the crease, 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.

Publisher: Toronto :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.,, 2014, ©2014.
ISBN: 9781443432467
Branch Call Number: 796. 962092 MAL M
Characteristics: xii, 256 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), portraits (chiefly colour)
Additional Contributors: Robson, Dan - Author

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des01
Sep 08, 2017

Deep and personal. Normally, I don't read biographies and I'm not a sports fanatic, but this one I couldn't put down. I renewed it once and read it twice.

I applaud Clint for opening up about his personal life dealing with mental illness, depression, OCD, and family. I highly recommend the book for anyone going through such personal struggles. You're not alone.

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janieflames
Dec 19, 2016

This was a fantastic book. I am not a sports fan. This was an easy read and a page-turner. You get an inside look at how hockey contracts work and the relationships between the players and the team managers/owners. On a deeper level you understand what it's like to be an elite athlete. Further, you follow the author through his experience with mental illness. He describes what his life was like, and how he finally received treatment. I think many people will relate personally to parts of the story, as we, and people close to us, experience diagnosed and undiagnosed mental illnesses. The author is funny, honest and dedicated to his game and the people he loves. One-hundered percent recommend this book!

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