Dave Maloney was a fine playmaking defenceman who could also provide a physical dimension in his own zone. His mobility and hockey sense made him a useful member of both the power-play and penalty-killing units.
The native of Kitchener, Ontario, played Junior B with the St. Michael's Buzzers in Toronto. He then registered 97 points in two years with the Kitchener of the OHA and was selected 14th overall by the New York Rangers in 1974. His 68 points in 69 games in 1973-74 earned him a place on the OHA second all-star team. After two years of seasoning with the AHL's Providence Reds, Maloney earned a full time slot with New York in 1976-77.
The solid rearguard played his position well during his first two years of full time duty. In 1978-79, Maloney succeeded Phil Esposito as the Blueshirts' captain and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1972. That year, he also registered his first of four consecutive years with at least ten goals and got to play with his younger brother, Don.
By the early '80s, Maloney was a key quarterback on the Rangers' power play and a scrappy leader in the defensive zone. He also worked effectively with Barry Beck in five on five and extra man situations. When the Rangers declined in the mid-'80s, Maloney was sent to the Buffalo Sabres. He was a stabilizing influence during the last 52 games of the 1984-85 season and the first round of the playoffs before retiring.