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GREG MALONE NAMED HEAD EASTERN PRO SCOUT

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

COYOTES HIRE GREG MALONE AS HEAD EASTERN PRO SCOUT

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have hired Greg Malone as the team's head eastern pro scout.

Malone joins the Coyotes after having served the last 16 seasons as the Pittsburgh Penguins' head scout.  In that role with the Penguins, Malone was responsible for all of the team's amateur draft selections while overseeing all junior, college, high school and European scouting efforts.  He originally joined the Penguins in 1988 and helped engineer their Stanley Cup winning teams in 1991 and 1992. 

"Greg Malone is a fine addition to our staff," said Coyotes Director of Player Personnel Tom Kurvers. "He is well respected among the scouting fraternity and his experience as an NHL player and head amateur scout will make him a reliable pro scout for our team."

During his time with the Penguins, the team drafted such players as Mark Recchi, Jaromir Jagr, Markus Naslund, Martin Straka, Aleksey Morozov, Jan Hrdina, Andrew Ference, Richard Park, Ryan Whitney, Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal.  Pittsburgh also drafted Malone's son Ryan in the fourth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

Malone played in 11 seasons and 704 career NHL games with the Penguins, Hartford Whalers and Quebec Nordiques from 1976 to 1983, collecting 191 goals, 310 assists and 501 points.  He still ranks 11th on the Penguins' all-time list in points (364) and 13th in goals (143).  Malone's best season came in 1978-79 when he led the Penguins with 35 goals and 65 points.

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