The Ice Hockey star had his neck accidentally sliced by an opponent's skate in March 1989.
Malarchuk, who playing in goal for the Buffalo Sabres, was saved by his trainer - Jim Pizzutelli - who served as a medic in the Army.
Malarchuk amazingly came back to feature in the NHL the same season - despite his injury requiring 300 stitches.
You can watch the incident here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_CI7c-rxFMU
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