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Feb. 14, 1979 (Rangers vs. Boston Bruins)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
Dec. 21, 1988 (Rangers vs. Buffalo Sabres)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL All-Star Game MVP — 1984
NHL All-Star Game — 1983, 1984
RANGERS TEAM AWARDS
Players` Player Award — 1979-80, 1980-81, 1986-87
Rangers Good Guy Award — 1980-81
"Crumb Bum" Award (Community Service) — 1983-84 (co-winner with Dave Maloney)
Most points by a rookie in one playoff year — 20 in 1979
Most game-winning goals in one season — 9 in 1980-81 (shares record)
Fastest three goals by one player — 2:30 vs. Washington on Feb. 21, 1981
Fastest two goals in one game — 8 seconds at Philadelphia on March 12, 1987 (shares record)
Most assists in one game — 5 at Quebec on Jan. 3, 1987 (shares record)
Most shorthanded goals in one game — 2 vs. Washington on Feb. 21, 1981 (shares record)
INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENTS WHILE WITH RANGERS
1977 World Championships in Czechoslovakia
Most playoff assists — 1979 (tie)
RANGERS TEAM LEADER
Most assists — 1979-80
Most playoff points — 1979 (tie), 1985 (tie)
Most playoff goals — 1985
Most playoff assists — 1979, 1984 (tie)
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 38
Minor-league teams: New Haven (AHL) 1978-79
Nickname: Big Frame
Full Name: Donald Michael Maloney
Uniform Numbers: 12
Retired from NHL: Jan. 17, 1991
Few members of the New York Rangers organization ever contributed as much to the team — in so many different ways — as Don Maloney.
First as a player, and later as a front-office executive, Maloney spent more than two decades with the Blueshirts.
Even before Maloney arrived in New York, he was already wearing a Rangers uniform. While starring for the major-junior Kitchener Rangers in his native Ontario, Maloney caught the eye of the NHL Rangers, who picked him with their first choice in the league`s 1978 Amateur Draft.
Maloney was thrilled to be drafted by the Rangers, because his brother Dave was already playing there. After starting the 1978-79 season in the AHL, the younger Maloney`s value to the Blueshirts became evident the very first time he stepped on the ice in a Rangers uniform.
In his Rangers debut on Valentine`s Day of 1979, a then 19-year-old Maloney scored a goal on his first shift. Maloney`s first NHL shot beat Boston goalie Gilles Gilbert at 5:14 of the first period. Only 46 seconds later, Maloney set up a goal by linemate Phil Esposito, and the Rangers cruised to a 5-1 victory.
Maloney`s rookie year was brief due to the late call-up, but extremely memorable, thanks to his stellar performance on a line with Esposito and Don Murdoch. He scored 26 points in the final 28 regular-season games and added a team-high 20 points in a dramatic playoff run that took the Rangers all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. His 13 postseason assists in 18 games tied for the NHL lead, and his 20 points were at that time an NHL record for rookies in the postseason.
Maloney scored over 20 goals in each of the five seasons between 1979-80 and 1983-84 and was on pace for one of his best years in 1984-85 when he was sidelined with a broken leg. The major injury required surgery and kept him out of the lineup for three months. He rebounded from the setback to play three more seasons with the Rangers, although injuries continued to be a problem, causing him to miss 34 games in the course of those three years.
Also driven to help others off the ice, Maloney and his brother Dave were honored with the team`s "Crumb Bum" Award for service to community youngsters in 1983-84. The New York sportswriters and broadcasters also gave Maloney their Good Guy Award in 1980-81.
Maloney`s years as a Rangers player ended in December 1988, when he was traded to the Hartford Whalers. At that time, he was the Blueshirts` all-time leader in playoff assists with 35. Just over two years after leaving Madison Square Garden, Maloney retired as a player in 1991 to pursue a career in coaching and management.
He began his second career with the New York Islanders, where he eventually became the NHL`s youngest general manager at age 34. Two years after leaving the Island, he returned to the Rangers organization in 1997 to begin his second stint with the team as assistant general manager.
In 2000, Maloney took on the added role of Vice-President of Player Personnel. His responsibilities included overseeing the Rangers` minor-league operations and scouting staff, making him the only former draft pick in team history to have also run the team`s draft table.
Maloney left the Rangers organization in 2007 when he was hired by the Phoenix Coyotes to be the seventh general manager in the Winnipeg-Phoenix franchise`s history.
º Maloney`s Rangers Staff Profile
º Alumni Profile
º Alumni Spotlight
º Former Stars Look Back on Draft Day
º A History of the New York Rangers
º Names Ring a Bell
º Photographic Memory: 1979 Stanley Cup Playoffs
º Players` Player Award Winners
º "Crumb Bum" Award Winners
º Rangers Good Guy Award Winners
º Rangers All-Time Scoring Leaders
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