Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Merlin Malinowski
Centre Merlin Malinowski played parts of five seasons in the NHL during the 1970s and '80s. He was a fine offensive player with quick hands whose misfortune was to spend most of his career with the weak Colorado Rockies.

The native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan first made a name for himself with the Drumheller Falcons of the AJHL before moving on to the WCJHL. After scoring 48 goals for the Medicine Hat Tigers in 1977-78, Malinowski was chosen 27th overall by Colorado at the Amateur Draft.

The young pivot began his pro career with the AHL's Philadelphia Firebirds before he was recalled to the parent club. Malinowski scored 23 points in 54 games but did not impress at the following year's training camp. The talented forward played all but ten games of the 1979-80 schedule with the CHL's Fort Worth Texans. In 1980-81, Malinowski enjoyed his finest big-league season with 25 goals and 62 points while playing on the same line as Ron Delorme and Gary Croteau. His production slipped to 13 goals the next season and the club began to reduce his ice time while using other skaters on the power play.

Early in the 1982-83 schedule, Malinowski was traded to the Hartford Whalers where he was a solid playmaker but a defensive liability. The next year, he joined EC Arosa of Switzerland where he played three years before suiting up for rivals EC Langnau. In 1987-88, Malinowski joined the Canadian National Team and scored three goals in eight games at the Calgary Olympics. He retired in 1989 after scoring 62 points in 32 games for Langnau.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Drumheller Falcons AJHL 2 0 0 0 0
1974-75 Drumheller Falcons AJHL 59 23 44 67 58
1975-76 Drumheller Falcons AJHL 59 60 86 146 79
1976-77 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 70 22 48 70 40 4 1 5 6 4
1977-78 Medicine Hat Tigers WCJHL 72 48 78 126 131 11 9 11 20 16
1978-79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 25 3 9 12 12
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 54 6 17 23 10 -17
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 10 2 4 6 2 -1
1979-80 Fort Worth Texans CHL 66 34 42 76 58 15 8 16 24 34
1980-81 Colorado Rockies NHL 69 25 37 62 61 -24
1981-82 Colorado Rockies NHL 69 13 28 41 32 -22
1982-83 New Jersey Devils NHL 5 3 2 5 0 +1
1982-83 Hartford Whalers NHL 75 5 23 28 16 -41
1983-84 EHC Arosa Swiss 32 37 26 63
1984-85 EHC Arosa Swiss 38 48 36 84 35
1985-86 EHC Arosa Swiss 36 26 28 54 30
1986-87 SC Langnau Swiss-2 36 32 45 77 42 5 8 9 17
1987-88 SC Langnau Swiss 30 23 22 45 26 8 6 8 14
1987-88 Canada Nat-Tm 2 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Canada Olympics 8 3 2 5 0
1988-89 SC Langnau Swiss-2 32 28 34 62 8 7 8 15
1989-90 SC Langnau Swiss-2 36 31 30 61
NHL Totals 282 54 111 165 121


CHL Second All-Star Team (1980) Transferred to New Jersey after Colorado franchise relocated, June 30, 1982. Traded to Hartford by New Jersey with the rights to Scott Fusco for Garry Howatt and Rick Meagher, October 15, 1982.