|6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
219 lb (100 kg)
|Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Born||December 1, 1979,|
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
|NHL Draft||115th overall, 1999|
|Pro Career||2003 – present|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for the United States|
Playing career[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
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.
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.
On January 1, 2010, it was announced that Malone would play on the 2010 US Men's Olympic Hockey Team.
Family[edit | edit source]
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. Before the 2010-2011 season, he relinquished his #12 jersey to Simon Gagne, and began wearing #6. 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 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[edit | edit source]
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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|
References[edit | edit source]
- Molinari, Dave. "Oh, for good 'ol golden nicknaming days of yore", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2006-10-29.
- Penalties hurt Pens in bid for 5th straight
- NHL On-line ReportViewer
- Harlan, Chris. "Malone's heart wasn't injured", Times Online, 2008-06-03. Retrieved on 2008-06-03.
- "Malone and Roberts sign on with Lightning", TSN.ca, 2008-06-30. Retrieved on 2008-06-30.
- All-time uniform numbers for the Pittsburgh Penguins
- Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone gives No. 12 to Simon Gagne gratis
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