Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kirk Maltby
Born in Guelph, Ontario, Kirk Maltby was a fine Junior B player with the Cambridge Hawks before joining the OHL's Owen Sound Platers. After scoring 50 goals and playing a hard-nosed style, the young forward was selected 65th overall by the Edmonton Oilers at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

A gritty and solid defensive player, Maltby was a steady checker and penalty killer on the improving Oilers for three seasons. Just prior to the March deadline in 1996, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Dan McGillis. He was used sparingly as the Colorado Avalanche eliminated the club in the Western Conference finals.

In 1996-97, Maltby established himself as a key grinder and defensive player picked by then head coach Scotty Bowman to shadow the top left-wingers on the opposition. During the 1997 playoffs, Maltby contributed five goals to the Red Wings' first Stanley Cup title win since 1955. The next year, the hard working forward scored a personal best 14 goals and helped Detroit repeat as Cup champions. Over the course of the next three years, Maltby continued his stellar defensive work as the club continued to win regularly but fell short in the post-season.

After three years of frustration in the post-season, Maltby and the Wings captured their third Stanley Cup in six years in 2002. Although the Wings season came to an abrupt end in 2002-03, with a quick exit in the first round of the playoffs, Maltby had established a career high in points with 37 on the strength of 14 goals and 23 assists during the regular season.

In 2003-04, Maltby nearly equaled those totals and along with linemates Kris Draper and Darren McCarty continued to be recognized as the NHL's to defensive line. After the NHL lock out, Maltby returned to the Red Wings and was the only player over two seasons to compete in all 164 games. In 2007-08 he played his 900th NHL contest and helped his club to yet another Presidents' Trophy. In the following playoffs, a hamstring injury caused him to miss out on the first two rounds. However, Maltby returned to the lineup in round three and went on to earn his fourth Stanley Cup with the Red Wings.

On the international stage, Maltby is a two-time member of Canada's World Championship team (2003 and 2005) and although he saw no game action, was a member of Canada's 2004 World Cup team.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1988-89 Cambridge Winterhawks ON-Jr.B 48 28 18 46 138
1989-90 Owen Sound Platers OHL 61 12 15 27 90 12 1 6 7 15
1990-91 Owen Sound Platers OHL 66 34 32 66 100
1991-92 Owen Sound Platers OHL 66 50 41 91 99 5 3 3 6 18
1992-93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 73 22 23 45 130 16 3 3 6 45
1993-94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 11 8 19 74 -2
1994-95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 47 8 3 11 49 -11
1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 49 2 6 8 61 -16
1995-96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 4 1 2 3 6
1995-96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 1 0 1 6 0 8 0 1 1 4
1996-97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 3 5 8 75 +3 20 5 2 7 24
1997-98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 14 9 23 89 +11 22 3 1 4 30
1998-99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 53 8 6 14 34 -6 10 1 0 1 8
1999-00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 6 8 14 24 +1 8 0 1 1 4
2000-01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 12 7 19 22 +16 6 0 0 0 6
2001-02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 9 15 24 40 +15 23 3 3 6 32
2002-03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 14 23 37 91 +17 4 0 0 0 4
2002-03 Canada WC-A 9 2 2 4 8 +1
2003-04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 14 19 33 80 +24 12 1 3 4 11
2004-05 Canada W-Cup
2004-05
2004-05 Canada WC-A 9 1 1 2 8 -2
2005-06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 5 6 11 80 -9 6 2 1 3 4
2006-07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 6 5 11 50 -9 18 1 1 2 10
2007-08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 61 6 4 10 32 -8 12 0 1 1 10
2008-09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 5 6 11 28 -9 20 0 1 1 2
2009-10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 4 2 6 32 +1
NHL Totals 1072 128 132 260 867 169 16 15 31 149


Traded to Detroit by Edmonton for Dan McGillis, March 20, 1996.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to hernia injury vs. Dallas, October 5, 1999. Officially announced his retirement, October 12, 2010.