The Cowboy Goalie

Clint Malarchuk 


​​Recipient of

Honorary Doctorate of Letters (honoris causa)

From Nipissing University


By Tishon December 3, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You don't have to be a hockey fan to love this book. I am just getting into the game as a mom of a young player and wanted to understand more about the personalities of players.I had never heard of Clint and didn't know most of the players that he mentioned. But I understand discipline and have watched my athlete friends use their OCD to perfect their sport/ballet training. His amazing journey through physical injuries, his fights on ice and off (I cringed as a wife/mother) , the terrible lows and yet underlying talent all were laid out to show a multi dimensional flawed and honest man. Reading his story has helped me understand friends and family who are dealing with alcoholism, OCD, and PTSD. Truly a rare work which is both brave and captivating.

Copyright © Joanie Malarchuk


Anonymous
This is a tremendous, awesome, riveting book!  I couldn't put it down!  A story of character, grit, and survival.  Kudos to Clint Malarchuk, who provides  a detailed look into his  world.  This book will help many suffering from mental illness...and even those who don't.  This is a five star read. 

By Daniel collieron October 14, 2015
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book was one of the best I have read in years.
The story was so compelling and heart felt.


By Katie Turneron June 22, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
A friend of mine recommended this book, saying that it not only was a wonderful insight into this famous hockey player's professional life, but also a look into the world of mental illness.
This book is exactly that.

Clint Malarchuk is a brave man in my opinion, he opens up completely not only about the life he had in the NHL, but also the personal battles that started in his childhood. He speaks openly about his anxieties, his OCD, depression, eventual alcoholism... it's such a powerful book and I admire him greatly for telling his story. Nothing was sugar coated, or made light of. It was the raw feelings and emotions, the turmoil as well as the successes.

I admire Malarchuk for speaking of his struggles with mental illness especially when there is such a stigma around it. I hope that this will help fight the stigma, show that anyone, even a famous successful NHL player can suffer from mental illness, and give others the courage to also tell their story.


Apr 21, 2015 Matt Graupman rated it it was amazing
"A Matter Of Inches" is an absolutely gut-wrenching and brutally honest memoir about so much more than hockey: mental illness, addiction, suicide attempts, and the elusiveness of personal control and redemption. Clint Malarchuk has suffered more than any man should have to and he has emerged on the other side, more or less intact, with a harrowing story that I couldn't put down.

Writing in a brisk, conversational, and frequently vulgar style, Malarchuk doesn't pull any punches, whether he's describing his troubled childhood, his time in the NHL, the injury that defined his career, or the demons that moment unleashed that led to decades of unbelievable pain. This is by far the best and most relatable book I've ever read about mental illness; I saw myself, albeit not as destructive, on every page. Malarchuk's honesty is going to help a lot of people.

Whether you love hockey (like I do... Go, Sabres!), suffer from mental illness (which I also do), or know someone who does, this is a must read. It's a tremendous book and I hope it helps the author as much as it does the reader.

Andrew_of_Dunedin
One common aspect of fan fiction is to create a mash-up from two or more series – superhero, science fiction, etc. Let's take, for example, NHL Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden in his autobiography, “The Game”, coupled with Randle Patrick McMurphy & Billy Bibbit from Ken Kesey's “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest”, and mix in a little Wolverine from “X-Men”, and you'll probably get something totally bizarre and unreadable. On the other hand, you might end up with Clint Malarchuk's autobiography, “The Crazy Game”.

This is NOT your typical athlete (auto)biography. Malarchuk's description of his playing days, and of his hockey-related activities while coaching, take up a remarkably small percentage of the book. Even the moment for which he is best known by even non-hockey fans, when an opposing player's skate accidentally slashed his throat, does not merit a large portion of the book – at least not overtly.

On the other hand, how many other athletes would be willing to describe their mental illness, the attempt to identify it, self-cure it (via self-medication), and the time spent in a rehab facility finally getting a handle on his issues?

I would recommend this book not only to hockey fans, but to those who may be fighting mental illnesses such as Obsessive-Compulsive Behavior (OCD) and depression, and to family members who may be facing the results of those conditions in their loved ones. 

RATING: 5 stars. This may be the most brutally honest – and for some, most important – book of the year.

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