Kirk Maltby

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Kirk Maltby
Kirk Maltby.jpg
Born (1972-12-22) December 22, 1972 (age 41)
Guelph, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 193 lb (88 kg; 13 st 11 lb)
Position Wing
Shot Right
Played for Edmonton Oilers
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 65th overall, 1992
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1992–2010

Kirk Maltby (born December 22, 1972) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey winger who played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Edmonton Oilers and Detroit Red Wings. He is currently employed as a professional scout by the Red Wings.

Playing career[edit]

Maltby grew up in the town of Cambridge, Ontario and played most of his minor hockey for the Hespeler Shamrocks A club of the OMHA. As a Midget-aged player, Maltby suited up for the Cambridge Winterhawks Jr.B. club of the OHA in 1988-89.

After that season, Maltby was a 4th round selection of the Owen Sound Platers in the 1989 OHL Priority Selection. While in Owen Sound, he played with future NHL'ers Andrew Brunette, Scott Walker, Kevin Weekes and Jamie Storr.

Having spent his junior years with the Owen Sound Platers of the OHL, Maltby was selected in the 3rd round, 65th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1992 Draft.[1] Maltby spent his entire rookie year at the Cape Breton Oilers of the AHL and played his first NHL season in 1993 playing 68 games and scoring 11 goals and 8 assists for 19 points and 74 penalty minutes. He played for the Oilers another 2 seasons before moving to the Detroit Red Wings during the 1995–96 NHL season, in which he was traded on March 20 by the Oilers to the Red Wings in exchange for defenceman Dan McGillis.[2]

Maltby spent 14 seasons with the Red Wings, helping them win 4 Stanley Cup titles (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008). He played on the "Grind Line" with teammates Kris Draper and Darren McCarty and Joe Kocur for a number of years.

Although Maltby was a rather prolific scorer in the Canadian junior leagues, he has never netted a 20 goal season nor has he reached 40 points. Instead, he has gained a reputation around the NHL as a solid checking forward and agitator who is able to instigate his opponents into taking a cheap penalty. As a result, he was named to the Canadian National Team for the 2005 World Championships. His best statistical season was 2002–03, when he set career highs in goals (14), assists (23), points (37), and penalty minutes (91).

On February 27, 2009, Maltby played in his 1000th career game, in which the Red Wings defeated the Los Angeles Kings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.[3] Maltby's most recent contract with the Red Wings expired following the 2009-2010 season.

On October 12, 2010, Maltby officially announced his retirement from the NHL. The same day he also announced he will take a job as a pro scout with the Detroit Red Wings.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Cup of Hockey
Gold 2004 Canada
World Championships
Gold 2003 Finland
Silver 2005 Austria

Draper has participated in three international tournaments for Canada:

Personal life[edit]

Kirk Maltby resides in the Grosse Pointe, Michigan area during the season and splits his off-season between his Michigan home and Hespeler, Ontario residence. He and his wife Wendy [4] have a daughter named Ella, born March 22, 2004 [5] and fraternal twins: son Landon and daughter Leighton, born July 17, 2008.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Cambridge Winterhawks Jr.B. OHA 48 28 18 46 138
1989–90 Owen Sound Platers OHL 61 12 15 27 90 12 1 6 7 15
1990–91 Owen Sound Platers OHL 66 34 32 66 100
1991–92 Owen Sound Platers OHL 64 50 41 91 99 5 3 3 6 18
1992–93 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 73 22 23 45 130 16 3 3 6 45
1993–94 Edmonton Oilers NHL 68 11 8 19 74
1994–95 Edmonton Oilers NHL 47 8 3 11 49
1995–96 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 4 1 2 3 6
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 49 2 6 8 61
1995–96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 1 0 1 6 8 0 1 1 4
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 3 5 8 75 20 5 2 7 24
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 14 9 23 89 22 3 1 4 30
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 53 8 6 14 34 10 1 0 1 8
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 6 8 14 24 8 0 1 1 4
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 12 7 19 22 6 0 0 0 6
2001–02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 9 15 24 40 23 3 3 6 32
2002–03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 14 23 37 91 4 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 14 19 33 80 12 1 3 4 11
2004–05 Did not play  — season not played due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 5 6 11 80 6 2 1 3 4
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 6 5 11 50 18 1 1 2 10
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 61 6 4 10 32 12 0 1 1 10
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 5 6 11 28 20 0 1 1 2
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 4 2 6 32
NHL totals 1,072 128 132 260 867 169 16 15 31 149

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2003 Canada WC 9 2 2 4 8
2005 Canada WC 9 1 1 2 8
Senior totals 18 3 3 6 16

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