Greg Malone was a slick playmaking centre who lasted over 700 NHL games in the 1970s and '80s. He was an explosive offensive force as an amateur and found a niche for himself in the big leagues as a second- and third-line pivot.
Born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Malone was a scoring star in his home town before moving on to the Oshawa Generals of the OHA. After registering consecutive 30-goal seasons, the talented forward was chosen 19th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1976. As a rookie, he scored 18 goals and saw plenty of time on the power play on the improving Pens.
The gifted centre registered 43 assists in 1977-78 while setting up linemates Blair Chapman and Wayne Bianchin and notched a career-high 35 goals the next year. Over the next four seasons, Malone continued his creative work on offense but Pittsburgh began to slide in the NHL standings. On the eve of the 1983-84 season, Malone was traded to the Hartford Whalers. He recorded 76 assists the first two years with his new team and often worked well with Bob Crawford and Torrie Robertson.
Malone was sent to the Quebec Nordiques for veteran winger Wayne Babych in January 1986. He never settled into his new surroundings and spent his first period in the minors in 1986-87 with the Fredericton Express. Malone retired after scoring 35 points in 49 games for the AHL club.