Tom Tilley Recalls Being on the Ice During Clint Malarchuk’s Bloody 1989 Injury [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
Today in Rock History, well technically yesterday in Rock History, brought us one of the most gruesome hockey injuries of all time.
Clint Malarchuk of the Buffalo Sabres took a skate to the neck after a collision with Steve Tuttle of the St. Louis Blues. The blade severed his carotid artery and injured the surrounding sheath muscle and jugular vein.
WARNING: Graphic Video
Malarchuk survived the accident with 300 stitches in his neck. He told The Calgary Herald, "In my case, I was sure I was going to die. My only concern was getting off the ice so that my mother, who was watching the game back home on TV, wouldn't have to see me bleed to death."
We spoke with Tom Tilley who was on the ice when it happened. In the video he's #20 on for the Blues. Here's the interview we had with Tilley: