Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Maloney
Left-winger Don Maloney was a splendid offensive player who could also check and kill penalties. His versatility and work ethic served him well in a career that lasted nearly 800 games and spanned three decades.

Born in Lindsay, Ontario, Maloney was a junior standout with the OHA's Kitchener Rangers. After scoring 104 points for the club in 1977-78, he was claimed 26th overall by the New York Rangers at the Amateur Draft. He adjusted quickly to the pros by recording 44 points in 38 games for the AHL's New Haven Nighthawks. Partway through the season, Maloney was recalled to Manhattan and averaged nearly a point per game in 28 matches. He also led all playoff performers with 13 assists while joining his brother, Dave, in helping the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup finals.

Beginning in 1979-80, Maloney registered five straight 20-goal seasons in New York. He often worked well with linemates Phil Esposito and Dean Talafous and notched a personal-high 29-goal season in 1980-81 and 1982-83. The crafty forward also took part in the 1983 and 1984 NHL All-Star Games, winning the MVP award at the latter at the Meadowlands Arena. After an injury-plagued season in 1984-85, the classy veteran helped Canada win the silver medal at the World Championships. The next year, he rebounded with an outstanding defensive performance and helped the Rangers reach the Prince of Wales Conference finals.

Late in his career, the Rangers decided to make changes and sent Maloney to the Hartford Whalers. He played the last 21 games of the 1988-89 season and the first round playoff loss to the Montreal Canadiens before signing with the New York Islanders as a free agent. Maloney scored 16 goals and provided leadership and playmaking savvy to the young squad before retiring in 1990-91.

Prior to the 1992-93 season, Maloney took over as the Islanders' general manager from the legendary Bill Torrey. He remained in that capacity until Mike Milbury replaced him in 1995-96. The high point of Maloney's tenure on Long Island was the club's upset of the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins while marching to the semi-finals in 1993.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1974-75 Kitchener Ranger B's ON-Jr.B
1974-75 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 5 1 3 4 0
1975-76 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 61 27 41 68 132 5 3 1 4 9
1976-77 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 38 22 34 56 126
1977-78 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 62 30 74 104 143 9 4 9 13 40
1978-79 New York Rangers NHL 28 9 17 26 39 +4 18 7 13 20 19
1978-79 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 38 18 26 44 62
1979-80 New York Rangers NHL 79 25 48 73 97 -15 9 0 4 4 10
1980-81 New York Rangers NHL 61 29 23 52 99 +17 13 1 6 7 13
1981-82 New York Rangers DN-Cup 4 0 2 2
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 54 22 36 58 73 +9 10 5 5 10 10
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 78 29 40 69 88 -5 5 0 1 1 0
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 79 24 42 66 62 -5 5 1 4 5 0
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 37 11 16 27 32 -9 3 4 0 4 2
1984-85 Canada WEC-A 8 1 1 2
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 68 11 17 28 56 +18 16 2 1 3 31
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 72 19 38 57 117 +7 6 2 1 3 6
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 66 12 21 33 60 +12
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 31 4 9 13 16 +2
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 21 3 11 14 23 +1 4 0 0 0 8
1989-90 New York Islanders NHL 79 16 27 43 47 +6 5 0 0 0 2
1990-91 New York Islanders NHL 12 0 5 5 6 -3
1991-1992 New York Islanders NHLMGNT
1992-1995 New York Islanders NHLMGNT
1995-1996
1996-1997 San Jose Sharks NHLMGNT
1997-2000 New York Rangers NHLMGNT
NHL Totals 765 214 350 564 815 94 22 35 57 101


Brother of Dave Played in NHL All-Star Game (1983, 1984) Missed majority of 1984-85 due to leg injury vs. New Jersey, November 18, 1984. Traded to Hartford by NY Rangers with Brian Lawton and Norm MacIver for Carey Wilson and Hartford's 5th round choice (Lubos Rob) in 1990 Entry Draft, December 26, 1988. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, August 25, 1989.