|Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres after having his throat hit with a skate.|
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Buffalo Sabers Clint Malarchuk Suffers Near Fatal Injury
On March 22, 1989, Clint Malarchuk of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres suffered a near fatal throat injury in a game against the St. Louis Blues. Malarchuk had his interior carotid artery severed when teamed Uwe Krupp and Blues forward Steve Tuttle crashed into him at high speeds.
Malarchuk came dangerously close to losing his life that night, but the quick thinking of athletic trainer Jim Pizzutelli save his life. Pizzutelli, a former army medic who served in Vietnam, reached into Malarchuk’s neck and pinched off the bleeding until doctors arrived.
It took doctors 90 minutes and over 300 stitches to close the wound. Suprisingly, Malarchuk spent only one night in the hospital and was back at practice just four days later.