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Maloney heading West as Phoenix Coyotes' GM

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Don Maloney speaks to the media on Tuesday after being named the new General Manager of the Phoenix Coyotes.


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Former Rangers executive Don Maloney's 10-year run in the Blueshirts front office came to an end today, when he accepted a new position as the General Manager of the Phoenix Coyotes. Maloney signed a multi-year contract with the Coyotes, whose ownership group includes head coach Wayne Gretzky.

Maloney, who was the Blueshirts' Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager, spent the past 10 seasons in the Rangers' front office, assisting Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather on player transactions and entry level player contract negotiations. He was also actively involved in all pro and amateur scouting, as well as the minor-league system.

"On behalf of the entire Rangers organization, I would like to congratulate Don Maloney on being named the new General Manager of the Phoenix Coyotes," said Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather on behalf of the entire organization. "Don has been an integral part of the Rangers for most of the last four decades, as both a distinguished player and an invaluable assistant general manager for the last ten years. He has played a vital role in the acquisition and development of the many young players and prospects in our organization.

"We wish Don all the best in his new position and thank him for his dedication, tireless work ethic and significant contributions to the New York Rangers during his tenure."

Maloney is not new to the role of NHL general manager, having served in that capacity for the Islanders from Aug. 17, 1992, to Dec. 2, 1995. At that time, he was the league's youngest general manager. Maloney also spent two years in the San Jose Sharks organization and has been an executive for multiple Team Canada entries in the annual World Championship tournament. A native of Lindsay, Ontario, Maloney had also played in the World Championships for Canada in 1985.

With the Rangers in recent years, Maloney was a dominant presence at the NHL draft, often running the Blueshirts' draft table and playing a big role in the decision to select many members of the current roster.

Prior to joining the Rangers' front office in 1997, Maloney had spent 11 seasons with the team as a player from February 1979 to December 1988. He instantly endeared himself to Rangers fans in the run to the 1979 Stanley Cup Finals, setting a team record for points by a rookie (20) in one playoff year. Two years later, he set another team record for the fastest three goals by one player, scoring a hat trick in a span of 150 seconds against Washington. In 1984, he was named the NHL All-Star Game MVP

A left wing throughout his career with the Blueshirts, Maloney also played for Hartford and the Islanders before retiring in January 1991 at age 32.

Maloney was originally the Rangers' second-round choice, 26th overall, in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. His older brother, Dave, was his teammate with the Blueshirts and now serves as an analyst on Rangers radio broadcasts.

"We're very excited to have Don Maloney assume this critical role with the Coyotes and working with us to create a winning tradition for Coyotes hockey," said Phoenix CEO Jeff Shumway. "He has a great track record of building and developing young talent in organizations and his reputation is impeccable. We are looking forward to a bright future for the Phoenix Coyotes with Don Maloney as our General Manager."
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