The Crazy Game

The Crazy Game

How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond

Book - 2014 | First edition
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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, Ontario :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, [2014]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781443432467
Branch Call Number: 796.962092 MAL NVD
Characteristics: xii, 256 pages : illustrated (chiefly colour) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Robson, Dan (sportswriter)


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Jan 25, 2019

Like many others, I thought I would hate this book because I'm not that interested in sports. If this book hadn't been long-listed for Canada Reads, I never would have picked it up. I'm so thankful I did.
This book is about hockey, but it's also about mental illness and finding the courage to get the help you need. The writing is raw and honest, and I couldn't put down the book.
This is one of those rare books that I think everyone would benefit from reading. It shows a true evolution... Malarchuk went from a guy who believed he had to power through life on his own to someone who learned how to accept help. With that help, not only did he learn to cope with mental illness, but he also pulled himself from the mire of toxic masculinity to make his life and relationships better. And through it all, he still stayed his tough, macho, cowboy self.
This book really shows that you can be still be a "man's man" without having to repress your emotions and hurt others to prove how tough and together you are.

Jun 07, 2018

A wild read indeed. Lots of great hockey stories, that tie into enabling his OCD/depression/alcoholism/PTSD. He was lucky to have NHL people in his corner like Dudley etc. It also educated me more on mental illness. I'm used to the trainwreck stories of rockstars that focus on drug use and rehab. Clint brings mental illness to the table in an intelligent, educational fashion. Clint's comments about chapter one of the Peter Levine book is something that maybe we all could relate to. He spoke in Surrey a few months ago - there is hope for all people suffering.

Jan 16, 2018

He's lived a crazy life, definitely has some stories to tell. Nevertheless despite his struggles, which I am sympathetic to, I didn't enjoy getting to know him. He's very macho and believes masculinity is defined by violence and stoic resignation to hardship.

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.

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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Jan 25, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Graphic descriptions of bodily harm


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