Dan Maloney

Daniel Charles "Snowshoes" Maloney (born September 24, 1950) is a former ice hockey left winger in the NHL and former NHL coach.

Drafted 14th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1970 NHL Entry Draft, Maloney played two seasons for the Blackhawks and later played for the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs tallying 192 goals, 259 assists and 451 points in 737 games over the course of his playing career. Upon retiring as a player he was offered an assistant coach position with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1982, and promoted to head coach in 1984. He coached 2 seasons with the Leafs, then coached 3 more years as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets.

Maloney is also known as having had one of the hardest right-hand punches in his day, and is considered by many hockey fans to have been the greatest fighter (along with the Flyers' Dave Schultz) in NHL history. The two finally squared off in a fight in a game in Los Angeles on January 4, 1975, with Maloney considered the winner. But Maloney was more than a fighter, as he tallied 27 goals in back to back seasons (1974–75 and 1975–76). Maloney was part of the trade that sent Marcel Dionne from Detroit to the Los Angeles Kings. Ironically, Schultz was traded to the Kings a year later to replace Maloney as their enforcer.

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