Brad Malone

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Brad Malone
Brad Malone.jpg
Born (1989-05-20) May 20, 1989 (age 28)
Miramichi, New Brunswick, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 207 lb (94 kg; 14 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Edmonton Oilers
Colorado Avalanche
Carolina Hurricanes
NHL Draft 105th overall, 2007
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 2011–present

Bradley Malone (born May 20, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently under contract with the Edmonton Oilers in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played with the Colorado Avalanche, with whom he was drafted, and the Carolina Hurricanes.

Playing career[edit]

Malone was born in Chatham, New Brunswick, where he played hockey as a youth. Malone left home at age 15 to begin his hockey career at Cushing Academy, a small prep school located in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. At 17 Malone joined the USHL and played with the Sioux Falls Stampede, scoring 33 points in 57 games, after which he was drafted 105th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Malone then attended the University of North Dakota, where he had 85 points in his 4 years in the WCHA.[1] In completing his collegiate career, Malone was signed by the Avalanche to a two-year entry level contract on April 12, 2011.[2] Malone's entry into pro hockey immediately began in the 2010–11 season when he was then signed to an amateur try-out with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League during their playoff run. Malone had 1 point in 3 games.[3]

After attending his first Avalanche training camp he was reassigned and returned to AHL affiliate, Lake Erie, for the beginning of the 2011–12 season.[4] Malone established himself within the Monsters in a physical checking role on the third line. In contributing offensively with 13 points in 24 games, Malone was recalled by the Avalanche upon a suspension to depth Avalanche forward Kevin Porter.[5] Malone made his NHL debut with the Avalanche the following day on December 9, 2011, in a 4-1 defeat against the Edmonton Oilers.[6] He recorded his first NHL point, an assist, in his fifth career game in a 3-2 shoot-out victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on December 19, before playing his first professional game against his cousin Ryan Malone and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Christmas Eve.[7][8] Malone contributed with 2 assists in 9 games before he was returned to Lake Erie for the duration of the year to finish second on the team and first as a rookie in scoring with 36 points in 67 games.

In attaining free agent status from the Avalanche, due to a lack of NHL games from his entry level contract, Malone signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 1, 2014.[9] In the 2014–15 season, completed his fourth NHL season and first with the Hurricanes, he established career highs with goals (7), assists (8), points (15) and games played (65). He recorded a team-high 74 penalty minutes, including six fighting majors, the most on the team while leading the team with 162 hits. He was selected as the club's winner of the Josef Vasicek Award for cooperation with the local media by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association

In the 2015–16 season, Malone played in 57 games, recording two goals and six assists for eights points. Malone for a second consecutive year led the Hurricanes in penalty minutes, which included 9 fighting majors, placing second amongst the club with 142 hits.

At the conclusion of his contract with the Hurricanes, Malone left as a free agent and signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Washington Capitals on July 2, 2016.[10] After attending the Capitals 2016 training camp, Malone failed to make the club's opening night roster and was waived and reassigned to begin the 2016–17 season in the AHL with the Hershey Bears. Used in multiple roles in the Bears lineup, Malone responded offensively with 20 points in 52 games before he was included by the Capitals to the St. Louis Blues in a package deal in exchange for Kevin Shattenkirk and Pheonix Copley on February 27, 2017.[11]

Having left the Blues as a free agent, Malone signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Edmonton Oilers on July 3, 2017.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Brad comes from a long line of hockey players. His father Jim Malone was a first round pick of the New York Rangers. His uncle Greg Malone played 12 seasons in the NHL. Brad's first cousin Ryan Malone played over 600 games in the NHL, and his younger brother Brett Malone played 3 seasons in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and the Saint John Sea Dogs. He is currently a forward with the Miramichi Timberwolves of the MHL. He is engaged to Bryelle Muller, daughter of former NHL'er and current Montreal Canadiens associate coach Kirk Muller.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 Cushing Academy HS-MA 29 9 34 43 24
2006–07 Sioux Falls Stampede USHL 57 14 19 33 134 8 3 1 4 24
2007–08 University of North Dakota WCHA 34 1 2 3 44
2008–09 University of North Dakota WCHA 41 5 12 17 75
2009–10 University of North Dakota WCHA 43 11 14 25 102
2010–11 University of North Dakota WCHA 43 16 24 40 108
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 3 0 1 1 2
2011–12 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 67 11 25 36 89
2011–12 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 0 2 2 0
2012–13 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 63 10 14 24 99
2012–13 Colorado Avalanche NHL 13 1 1 2 16
2013–14 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 35 8 7 15 75
2013–14 Colorado Avalanche NHL 32 3 2 5 23 6 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 65 7 8 15 74
2015–16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 57 2 4 6 75
2016–17 Hershey Bears AHL 52 7 13 20 66
2016–17 Chicago Wolves AHL 19 4 4 8 6
NHL totals 176 13 17 30 188 6 0 0 0 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Canada Atlantic U17 6th 5 4 1 5 36
Junior totals 5 4 1 5 36

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
USHL
Clark Cup 2007
College
WHCA All-Academic Team 2011 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brad Malone Fighting Sioux". North Dakota Fighting Sioux. 2011-10-07. Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Malone signs with Colorado". North Dakota Fighting Sioux. 2011-04-12. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  3. ^ "Brad Malone player card". HockeysFuture.com. 2011-10-08. Retrieved 2011-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Avalanche re-assigns four players". Colorado Avalanche. 2011-10-02. Retrieved 2011-10-02. 
  5. ^ "Avs Porter suspended four game for hit on Canucks Booth". Denver Post. 2011-11-08. Retrieved 2011-11-08. 
  6. ^ "Oilers hand Avs third straight defeat". CBS Sports. 2011-11-09. Retrieved 2011-11-09. 
  7. ^ "Avs stay hot at home, sink Flyers in SO". CBS Sports. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  8. ^ "Battle of the Malone's". Colorado Avalanche. 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  9. ^ "Canes sign Brad Malone, Jiri Tlusty". ESPN. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  10. ^ "Capitals sign Brad Malone". Washington Capitals. 2016-07-02. Retrieved 2016-07-03. 
  11. ^ "Blues trade Shattenkirk to Capitals". Stltoday.com. 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 
  12. ^ "Oilers sign Malone". Edmonton Oilers. 2017-07-03. Retrieved 2017-07-03. 

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