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08-12-2012, 04:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan Maloney
I never counted the number of fights I've been in or how many I won or lost. It doesn't matter how many fights you win, anyway. It's how many times you show up for them that counts.

Dan Maloney !!!

Awards and Achievements:
Detroit Red Wings captain (1978-79)

NHL All-Star Game participant (1976)

Statistical Accomplishments:
Penalty Minutes – 6th(1971), 9th(1976), 12th(1975), 12th(1978), 16th(1979)

Point Percentages – 55, 52, 42, 41, 39
Goal Percentages – 51, 48, 36, 34, 33
Assist Percentages – 55, 47, 46, 44, 33

Originally Posted by Bob Pulford
Losing Maloney was a big blow to what we were trying to accomplish in LA. He was our leader, a much respected player.
Originally Posted by Jim Gregory
A big need on our team was a tough, aggressive left winger and no one filled the bill better than Maloney.
Originally Posted by Legends of the Leafs: Toronto’s 200 Greatest Hockey Heroes
Always a fine two-way forward, Maloney based his career on a strong work ethic and tenacity while at the same time generating plenty of offense. He had back-to-back 66 points seasons in the mid-1970s and in his first season as a Maple Leaf totaled 53 points and 157 PIMs.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
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.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
This Irishman may have been quiet and soft-spoken off the ice but on the ice he was anything but. Dan Maloney was a charismatic leader who always stuck up for his teammates. As a result he was he was always popular in the dressing room wherever he played.

The Chicago Black Hawks liked Dan's rugged play and claimed him in the 1970 amateur draft (1st choice,14th overall). Dan quickly established himself as one of the leagues premier pugilists. He won some memorable fights as a rookie, but he also contributed offensively. Over the years Dan fought the toughest players and won many of his fights, even though a serious shoulder injury slowed him down a bit in later years. He was never afraid to drop 'em. His fearless attitude was his greatest ally in the NHL trenches.

Dan was certainly no speed demon on his skates, but he worked very hard to improve his skating. He lacked the natural scorer's touch around the net and had to work hard for everything he accomplished. His strength wasn't only his right and left fists but also his overall work ethic and leadership qualities. Dan was a really good cornerman and stood his ground around the enemy net.
Originally Posted by Don Cherry’s Hockey Stories and Stuff
One day, he (Terry O’Reilly) tapped the wrong guy, Dan Maloney, another tough Irish lad, on the shoulder and Dan just turned around and filled him right in.

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