Malarchuk injured in gun accident

WES GILBERTSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:36 PM ET

A former NHL netminder best known for surviving a harrowing on-ice incident after a skate blade sliced his jugular vein in a 1989 game is again battling a severe injury.

Calgary's Clint Malarchuk, the goaltending coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, suffered an accidental self-inflicted .22-calibre gunshot wound to his chin Tuesday.

His older brother Garth, a retired Calgary police officer now living in Kelowna, said yesterday Clint remains in intensive care in a Reno, Nev., hospital, but is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

"When you first hear these things, you go into, I guess, a little bit of shock," Garth said.

"All we're hoping for now is Clint recovers and moves on with his life."

Family members are still not sure what unfolded Tuesday afternoon at Malarchuk's ranch in Gardnerville, Nev., where the 47-year-old was found bleeding profusely after his wife Joan called police.

"We don't know the details yet," Garth said. "We just don't know exactly what's happened. We just know it was an accident involving a gun."

The Columbus Dispatch, citing a Douglas County sheriff's office report, said Malarchuk inadvertently shot himself while shooting rabbits in his backyard. The newspaper reported the rifle discharged after Malarchuk placed the butt of the gun on the ground between his legs.

Joan told police her husband had been drinking, although he isn't supposed to consume alcohol while taking medication for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Malarchuk played 11 seasons in the NHL, but is best remembered for having his jugular sliced open in a March 22, 1989, game as a member of the Buffalo Sabres.

The Blue Jackets issued a statement yesterday, saying, "our concern is with Clint and his well-being."


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