Left-winger David Maley was a scrappy competitor who battled hard all over the ice and chipped in with the odd goal. His tireless work in the corners while forechecking helped to wear out many defenses.
Born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Maley was chosen 33rd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 1982 after a standout career with Edina High School. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Wisconsin and scored 66 goals in four years while playing a robust style for the Badgers. Following his senior year in 1985-86, Maley joined the Habs for three regular season games and made seven post-season appearances when the club won the Stanley Cup.
The hard-nosed winger played 48 games for Montreal in 1986-87, but the club was fairly deep at forward. He was traded to the New Jersey Devils in the off-season and spent nearly five years there. The highlight of this period for Maley was making the playoffs on the last night of the 1987-88 regular season and scoring three goals when the club came within won win of reaching the finals. The next year his tenacious work earned him the club's Unsung Hero award. Following the 1990-91 season, he helped Team USA finish fourth at the World Championships.
In January 1992, Maley was traded to the Edmonton Oilers for Troy Mallette. He was a solid checker and helped his new club reach the semi-finals in 1992. Maley also played for the San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders before sitting out the 1994-95 season. He scored 16 goals and registered 248 penalty minutes for the IHL's San Francisco Spiders before retiring for good.