Ryan Malone

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Ryan Malone
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Malone as a Ranger in 2014.
Born (1979-12-01) December 1, 1979 (age 34)
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New York Rangers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Tampa Bay Lightning
National team  United States
NHL Draft 115th overall, 1999
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2003–present

Ryan Gregory Malone (born December 1, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the New York Rangers. He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Tampa Bay Lightning. In 2003 he became the first Pittsburgh-born and trained player to suit up for the Penguins in an NHL game.

Playing career[edit]

Malone as a member of the Penguins.

Malone was drafted in the fourth round, 115th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Malone was born near Pittsburgh, where he attended Upper St. Clair High School in suburban Pittsburgh for two years. He played hockey during his junior year at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota, a school later attended by Zach Parise and Sidney Crosby. During his senior year, Malone played with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL and attended Millard North High School.

Malone was drafted shortly after graduating high school, and went on to play at St. Cloud State University for four seasons. Malone played 3 games of the 2002–03 AHL season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins after his last season at St. Cloud State. He played 81 games of his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2003–04 season. Malone finished third on the team in scoring behind Dick Tärnström and Aleksey Morozov. Malone did not play with the Penguins again until the 2005–06 season, spending time during the 2004–05 lockout in Finland, Italy and Switzerland.

Playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi during the 2006–07 season, Malone notched his first four-point NHL game on December 13, 2006, against the Philadelphia Flyers. Two days later, he scored his first NHL hat trick, against the New York Islanders. With this feat, Malone and his father became only the second father-son duo in NHL history to score hat-tricks for the same team, along with Ken Hodge, Sr. and Ken Hodge, Jr.[1]

Malone achieved another career oddity against the Islanders on February 19, 2007, when he recorded his second career hat trick by scoring a goal in the first minute of all three periods.[2]

In January 2008, Malone and defenceman Darryl Sydor were named as alternate captains for the Penguins, following the departure of Mark Recchi and a long-term injury to Gary Roberts.

Malone as a member of the Lightning.

In game one of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals, Niklas Kronwall checked Malone and broke his nose. In game five, he took a Hal Gill slapshot in the face, opening a gash on his cheek and damaging his nose again. He returned for the rest of the game.[3]

On June 28, 2008, the Tampa Bay Lightning acquired exclusive negotiation rights with Malone and Gary Roberts from the Penguins for a third-round draft pick in 2009. One day later, the Lightning signed Malone to a seven-year contract worth $31.5 million, which paid him $6 million for the first season. Roberts then signed a one-year deal the next day.[4]

On January 1, 2010, Malone was named to the United States Olympic ice hockey team, and went on to win a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

On June 25, 2014, the Tampa Bay Lightning exercised their final compliance buyout to buyout the final year of Malone's contract, making him an unrestricted free agent.[5]

On September 11, 2014, the New York Rangers announced they had signed Malone to a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000.

Family[edit]

Malone is the son of former Penguins forward Greg Malone and is the first Pittsburgh area native to play for the Penguins. Ryan's jersey number was #12 in tribute to his father Greg, who wore that number for Pittsburgh.[6] Before the 2010–11 season, he relinquished his #12 jersey to Simon Gagné, and began wearing #6.[7] Prior to Ryan signing with Tampa Bay in the 2008 off-season, the Lightning hired Greg as their head scout for professional talent. His cousin Brad Malone is also a professional hockey forward for the Carolina Hurricanes.[4]

Malone has two sons, William Ryan "Will" Malone and Cooper James Malone.

Arrest[edit]

On April 12, 2014, Malone was arrested by Tampa police and charged with driving under the influence and cocaine possession after he was pulled over in an early-morning traffic stop when police allegedly saw him make a left turn from the center lane and strike a curb. According to the arrest report, Malone had 1.3 grams of cocaine in a pocket. He was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond.[8] On May 1, 2014, Malone's attorney, Wes Trombley, entered a plea of not guilty to the charges. Currently, Malone is being evaluated by the NHL and the players union for substance abuse, while awaiting a trial date to be set.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Omaha Lancers USHL 51 14 22 36 81 12 2 4 6 23
1999–00 St. Cloud State WCHA 38 9 21 30 68
2000–01 St. Cloud State WCHA 36 7 18 25 52
2001–02 St. Cloud State WCHA 41 24 25 49 76
2002–03 St. Cloud State WCHA 27 16 20 36 85
2002–03 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 3 0 1 1 2
2003–04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 22 21 43 64
2004–05 Espoo Blues SM-l 9 2 1 3 36
2004–05 Ritten-Renon ITL 10 6 1 7 20 6 4 4 8 36
2004–05 HC Ambri-Piotta NLA 1 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 22 22 44 63
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 16 15 31 71 5 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 77 27 24 51 103 20 6 10 16 25
2008–09 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 70 26 19 45 98
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 69 21 26 47 68
2010–11 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 54 14 24 38 51 18 3 3 6 24
2011–12 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 68 20 28 48 82
2012–13 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 24 6 2 8 22
2013–14 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 57 5 10 15 67
NHL totals 641 179 191 370 689 43 9 13 22 49

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WC 9 3 0 3 2
2006 United States WC 7th 7 2 2 4 12
2010 United States OG 6 3 2 5 6
Senior totals 22 8 4 12 20

Awards and honors[edit]

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Bronze 2004 Prague
Award Year
NHL
All-Rookie Team 2004

References[edit]

  1. ^ Penalties hurt Pens in bid for 5th straight
  2. ^ NHL On-line ReportViewer
  3. ^ Harlan, Chris (2008-06-03). "Malone's heart wasn't injured". Times Online. Retrieved 2008-06-03. 
  4. ^ a b "Malone and Roberts sign on with Lightning". TSN.ca. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2008-06-30. 
  5. ^ "LIGHTNING USE COMPLIANCE BUYOUT ON F MALONE". TSN.ca. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  6. ^ All-time uniform numbers for the Pittsburgh Penguins
  7. ^ "Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone gives No. 12 to Simon Gagne gratis". TampaBay.com. 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  8. ^ "Ryan Malone charged with DUI, cocaine possession". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2014-04-12. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  9. ^ "Malone pleads not guilty to cocaine, DUI charges". Tampa Bay Times. 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 

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