Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dan Maloney
If there was ever a player who molded his career on a strong work ethic and tenacity, it was Dan Maloney, who always gave the proverbial 110 per cent.

At the age of 17, lanky Dan Maloney played Junior B hockey with the Markham Waxers, where he was one of the team's best two-way players, and always showed an interest in the fisticuffs if need be. At 18, he moved on to major junior, suiting up for the London Knights in 1968-69. The following year Maloney received much more ice time and was gaining lots of attention from NHL scouts, who liked his ability to generate offense while at the same time showing a willingness to take care of the tough stuff, as evidenced by his 232 minutes in the penalty box.

The Chicago Blackhawks selected Maloney with the 14th pick overall in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft. Maloney played in the Blackhawks organization for almost three years, and became known as one of the enforcers, both with Chicago and the club's minor-league affiliate in Dallas. Late in the 1972-73 season, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Ralph Backstrom.

After spending two years on the west coast in relative anonymity, Maloney was traded to the Detroit Red Wings as part of a blockbuster deal that also saw Terry Harper move to the Motor City in the famous Marcel Dionne trade. Maloney spent the better part of three seasons in Detroit before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. He remained in a Maple Leafs' uniform until retiring in 1982 at the age of 31.

Following his career as a player, Maloney took to the coaching ranks, and served as the bench boss for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1984 to 1986. He was not out of a job for long, as another former team he'd played with, the Winnipeg Jets, signed him to take over the head coaching duties on June 20, 1986, succeeding John Ferguson who had been filling in on an interim basis. Maloney lasted almost three years in the post, but sub-par on-ice performances and the inability to get past the powerful Edmonton Oilers in the playoffs led to his demise on February 7, 1989 when he was replaced by Rick Bowness.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1967-68 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.B
1968-69 London Knights OHA-Jr. 53 12 28 40 62 6 2 1 3 16
1969-70 London Knights OHA-Jr. 54 31 35 66 232 11 1 3 4 66
1970-71 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 74 12 14 26 174 +7 10 0 1 1 8
1971-72 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 72 25 45 70 161 12 4 5 9 44
1972-73 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 57 13 17 30 63 +11
1972-73 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 4 7 11 18 +6
1973-74 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 15 17 32 113 +6 5 0 0 0 2
1974-75 Los Angeles Kings NHL 80 27 39 66 165 +29 3 0 0 0 2
1975-76 Detroit Red Wings NHL 77 27 39 66 203 0
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 13 13 26 64 +3
1977-78 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 16 29 45 151 +4
1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 3 4 7 25 -5 13 1 3 4 17
1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 77 17 36 53 157 +19 6 3 3 6 2
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 71 17 16 33 102 -13
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 20 21 41 183 -10 3 0 0 0 4
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 44 8 7 15 71 -11
NHL Totals 737 192 259 451 1489 40 4 7 11 35


CHL First All-Star Team (1972) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976) Traded to Los Angeles by Chicago for Ralph Backstrom, February 26, 1973. Traded to Detroit by Los Angeles with Terry Harper and Los Angeles' 2nd round choice (later traded to Minnesota - Minnesota selected Jim Roberts) in 1976 Amateur Draft for Marcel Dionne and Bart Crashley, June 23, 1975. Traded to Toronto by Detroit with Detroit's 2nd round choice (Craig Muni) in 1980 Entry Draft for Errol Thompson and Toronto's 1st (Brent Peterson) and 2nd (Al Jensen) round choices in 1978 Amateur Draft and Toronto's 1st round choice (Mike Blaisdell) in 1980 Entry Draft, March 13, 1978.