Former NHL Goalie Looking Forward to Sharing his Story in Windsor
"I'm just an old goalie and a cowboy."
That's how former NHL player Clint Malarchuk describes himself.
He tells AM800 news, his address will focus on his life, his long battle with alcoholism and almost ending his life by a gunshot to his head.
"My struggles, things I went through, you know I struggled in silence for along time with mental illness, anxiety, depression, ocd, obviously PTSD for my injury in 1989 when I cut my jugular vine," says Malarchuk.
Malarchuk hopes he can assist others who are suffering.
"Having gone through everything I've gone through with metal illness and a suicide survivor," says Malarchuk. "I almost died three times so I feel like God spared me for those that are still suffering and usually they're suffering in silence."
He says he's been speaking for about four and a half years after the release of his book.
"When I first started doing the speaking, I tried to be this polished, use big words, I'm just an old goalie and a cowboy and somebody told me, if you're passionate about what you speak about and just be yourself, you'll never fail," says Malarchuk.
Malarchuk had is playing career cut short after a skate sliced his neck.
The Mingle for Maryvale event takes place at the Caboto Club starting at 5:30pm.
More than 500 tickets have already been sold.
Proceeds from the event support Maryvale and Youth Mental Health Initiatives.