Left-winger Troy Mallette spent parts of nine seasons in the NHL with six different clubs in the 1990s. He was a hard-nosed grinder who could work effectively in the corners and cause commotion in front of the net.
Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Mallette scored 77 goals in three junior seasons with the OHL's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was chosen 22nd overall by the New York Rangers in 1988 and debuted with the team in 1989-90. As a rookie that year, he impressed with 13 goals and a willingness to lock horns with the toughest adversaries in the league. He followed up with 12 goals and continuous tough play in 1990-91 but was sent to the Edmonton Oilers as compensation for the signing of free agent Adam Graves. Mallette spent the next two years as a role player on the Oilers and New Jersey Devils.
In June 1993, Mallette gained a new lease on life when the Ottawa Senators acquired him. He scored 23 points and played a regular shift in 1993-94 before struggling with injuries the next season. Prior to the 1996-97 season, the rugged forward was signed as a free agent by the Boston Bruins where he played solidly in 68 games. The Tampa Bay Lightning lured Mallette away the next summer but injuries reduced his playing time to three games.