You’re going to be seeing a lot more Patrick Roy in the next few years given his new role(s) with the Colorado Avalanche, so it seems like a fitting enough time to look back on the mark he’s already left on the NHL. Never a dull moment with this guy.
I can’t recommend you watch this short documentary enough. It’s tough to get through – like really tough – but you won’t regret doing so. The payoff and message is there.
Here’s how ESPN describes it:
The latest film is Cutthroat, by award-winning director Steven Cantor. Clint Malarchuk was famous for being an NHL goalie, but he would go down in hockey history for suffering one of the most gruesome injuries in the history of sports when an opposing player’s skate severed his carotid artery. This story covers Malarchuk’s miraculous physical recovery from the injury as well as the long and grueling emotional recuperation that took two decades and included an eventual stay in a mental hospital for PTSD treatment. [Warning: This film contains graphic footage of the injury.]
The craziest part about this play is that it absolutely works. Well, actually wait, that’s not true – the crazy part is having the presence of mind and the stones to try it from a scoring situation, which you don’t get a ton of in a game.
But it does make sense; it allows him to pull the puck back from the defender’s stick, and get his stick in a position to make the pass.
Again, that’s Max Domi, Tie Domi’s son. Apparently he plays a bit more of a skill game.
A decade into his NHL career, and Niklas Kronwall has already put together quite the highlight reel of on-ice carnage. I love his attitude about the getting run over – if it happens to me, I probably put myself in a bad spot.
If you need a refresher on how the Leafs climbed their way back into playoffs after nearly a decade removed, take 15 minutes to soak this beautiful video in. And if you’re a Leaf hater, well, I imagine that’s been its own reward over the last decade, so you’re good.