Since entering the NHL in 1993-94, defenceman Stewart Malgunas has been a useful role player with four different organizations. He was a top offensive performer in junior and the minors but never received a great deal of ice time at the big league level.
Born in Prince George, B.C., Malgunas played Tier II junior in his hometown before moving on to the WHL. His most productive years were spent with the Seattle Thunderbirds where he 115 points over his last two amateur seasons. After he was chosen 66th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1990, Malgunas toiled for three years with the Adirondack Red Wings. He helped the squad win the Calder Cup in 1992 but could not break into the parent club's depth chart.
Prior to the 1993-94 season, Malgunas was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers where he was solid in 67 games as a rookie. By the next season, the Flyers were a playoff contender and boasted promising young defenceman like Dimitri Yushkevich and Chris Terrien. Malgunas spent most of that season with the AHL's Hershey Bears before signing as a free agent with the Winnipeg Jets in August 1995. Before the end of the season, he was traded to the Washington Capitals where he was a farmhand for three seasons. Apart from a four game stint with the Calgary Flames in 1999-2000, Malgunas saw his game action in the IHL and AHL.