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Ryan Malone
Ryan Malone Lightning.JPG
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Bugsy, Bootsy[1]
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
219 lb (100 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins
Nationality Flag of the United States American
Born (1979-12-01)December 1, 1979,
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
NHL Draft 115th overall, 1999
Pittsburgh Penguins
Pro Career 2003 – present

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the Flag of the United States United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver Tournament

Ryan Malone (born December 1, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

Malone with the Penguins in 2008

Ryan Malone was drafted in the fourth round, 115th overall by the 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. He 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.[2]

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.[3]

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 in 2009

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.[4]

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 pays him $6 million for the first season. Roberts then signed a one-year deal the next day.[5]

On January 1, 2010, it was announced that Malone would play on the 2010 US Men's Olympic Hockey Team.


Ryan is the son of former Pittsburgh 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 2010-2011 season, he relinquished his #12 jersey to Simon Gagne, and began wearing #6.[7] Prior to Ryan signing with Tampa Bay in the 2008 offseason, the Lightning hired Greg as their head scout for professional talent. His Cousin Bradley Malone is a forward in the AHL[5] Malone is also known for his entourage of tattoos across his body.

Malone and his wife Abby have two sons, William Ryan "Will" Malone and Cooper James Malone.

Career statistics

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 Blues SM-l 9 2 1 3 36
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
NHL totals 492 148 151 299 518 43 9 13 22 49


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