The Ontario Hockey League family is deeply saddened by the loss of former London Knights forward Dan Maloney who passed away on Monday at the age of 68.
The Barrie, Ont. native played over 700 career NHL contests in a career that spanned 11 seasons spent between Chicago, Los Angeles, Detroit and Toronto.
Known by the nickname ‘Snowshoes’ over the course of his career, Maloney was the 14th overall pick of the 1970 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks after impressing with the London Knights from 1968-70, recording 106 points (43-63–106) over 107 regular season games.
His ensuing NHL career included 451 points (192-259–451) over 737 career regular season games and an additional 11 points (4-7–11) over 40 career playoff contests.
Following his playing career, Maloney stepped behind the bench where he served as head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1984-86 before serving in the same role with the Winnipeg Jets from 1986-89. His NHL coaching career came to an end in 1993 when he spent one season as assistant coach of the New York Rangers.
“It’s a sad day,” former London Knights teammate Darryl Sittler told the Toronto Sun’s Lance Hornby. “Danny and I were the same age, our birthdays are less than a month apart. A lot of people admired him as a player.”
The rugged competitor had a present-day OHL connection in nephew Trenton Bourque, a St. Louis Blues prospect currently on the blue line with the Owen Sound Attack.
Maloney was inducted into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.