HOCKEY OPERATIONSDon Maloney
Executive Vice President, General Manager & Alternate Governor
Don Maloney enters his sixth season as Executive Vice President, General Manager and Alternate Governor of the Phoenix Coyotes after being named to the position on May 29, 2007. Maloney is the seventh general manager in Coyotes/Jets franchise history.
Under Maloney’s leadership, the Coyotes posted a record of 42-27-13 and 97 points in 2011-12, securing their first division championship en route to the franchise’s first appearance in the Western Conference Final. It marked the first time in franchise history that the Coyotes had recorded three consecutive seasons with 40-plus wins. In addition, the Coyotes reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive year, marking the first time the franchise qualified for the postseason in three or more consecutive seasons since the team clinched a playoff berth in its first four seasons in the Valley (1996-97 to 1999-00).
Maloney received the inaugural NHL General Manager of the Year Award following the 2009-10 season after steering the Coyotes through a turbulent off-season and charting the course for the most successful regular season in franchise history. The team finished the 2009-10 campaign with a record of 50-25-7 for 107 points, setting new franchise records for wins, home wins (29), points, and longest home winning streak (10 games; Nov. 21-Dec. 29) while qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002.
In his first season as general manager of the Coyotes in 2007-08, Maloney’s club posted a record of 38-37-7 for 83 points, an improvement of seven wins and 16 points from the previous season. The 16-point increase represented the fifth-largest point increase by an NHL team during the 2007-08 season and was also the greatest one-season point increase in Coyotes history.
Among Maloney’s stable of highly-regarded draft selections during his tenure as Coyotes G.M. are: defensemen Connor Murphy (20th overall, 2011), Brandon Gormley (13th overall, 2010), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (sixth overall, 2009), Maxim Goncharov (123rd overall, 2007), goaltender Mark Visentin (27th overall, 2010), forwards Henrik Samuelsson (27th overall, 2012), and Mikkel Boedker (eighth overall, 2008). In addition to building through the draft, Maloney has consistently upgraded the roster through free agency and trades. Over the past four seasons, Maloney made a total of 19 trades around the trade deadline.
Prior to joining the Coyotes in 2007, Maloney, a native of Lindsay, Ontario, spent the previous 10 seasons as a member of the New York Rangers’ front office, most recently serving as the team’s Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant General Manager. He was primarily responsible for assisting Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather in all player transactions and contract negotiations.
Maloney, 54, played a key role in the Rangers’ development of several prospects into productive NHL players which recently have included Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan, as well as current Coyotes players Jason LaBarbera and Lauri Korpikoski. Recognized as one of the deepest organizations in the NHL during Maloney’s tenure, the Rangers’ top minor league affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack, reached the American Hockey League playoffs in each of his 10 seasons with the club and won the league’s Calder Cup Championship in 2000.
Maloney also served as Assistant General Manager for Team Canada squads that won gold medals at the 2003 and 2004 IIHF World Championship in Finland and Czech Republic, respectively.
Maloney’s first front office position in the NHL was Assistant General Manager of the New York Islanders following his retirement as a player with the club on Jan. 17, 1991. Maloney later served as General Manager from Aug. 17, 1992 to Dec. 2, 1995. Among the players drafted by the Islanders during Maloney’s tenure with the club were Todd Bertuzzi, Bryan McCabe, Zigmund Palffy, Tommy Salo and Darius Kasparaitis.
Maloney also served as Eastern Professional Scout for the San Jose Sharks during the 1996-97 season prior to joining the Rangers’ front office.
As a player, Maloney registered 214 goals, 350 assists and 564 points and 815 penalty minutes in 765 regular season games over 13 NHL seasons with the Rangers, Hartford Whalers and Islanders. He also collected 22 goals, 35 assists and 57 points in 94 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
Maloney spent 11 seasons with the Rangers after being selected by the club in the second round (26th overall) of the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. He helped lead the Rangers to the 1980 Stanley Cup Final by posting 20 points (7-13-20) that postseason, a playoff record for rookies at the time (since broken). Maloney played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1983 and 1984. He was named Most Valuable Player of the 1984 All-Star Game.
Maloney received the Rangers’ “Players Player” Award as voted by teammates on three occasions (1979-80, 1980-81, and 1986-87). He also won the Rangers’ “Crumb Bum” Award for service to New York youngsters in 1984 and the team’s Good Guy Award in 1981 for cooperation with the media.