|Malarchuk played 10 seasons in the NHL and compiled a 141-130-45 record with a 3.47 goals-against average (GAA), .885 save percentage and 12 shutouts in 338 games with the Quebec Nordiques, Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres. He was the Nordiques' third pick, 74th overall in the 1981 Entry Draft. His best NHL season was 1985-86 when he compiled a 26-12-4 mark, 3.21 GAA and four shutouts in 46 games with Quebec. He also had 20 wins for Washington in 1987-88, going 24-20-4 with a 3.16 GAA and four shutouts in 54 outings. A native of Grande Prairie, Alberta, Malarchuk also played in the AHL and International Hockey League during his 14-year career and won the AHL's Harry 'Hap' Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against) with Fredericton teammate Brian Ford in 1982-83 and the IHL's James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against) with San Diego teammate Rick Knickle in 1992-93. Following his playing career, Malarchuk spent three seasons as an assistant general manager with the Thunder before being named the club's head coach late in the 1997-98 season. His coaching experience also includes serving as a head coach with the Idaho Steelheads of the West Coast Hockey League and as a goaltending coach with the WHL's Prince George Cougars. Malarchuk and his wife, Joanie, reside on a ranch outside Garnerville, Nevada. He is the father of three children Kelli, Jed and Dallyn.