Status: NHL defenseman from 1974 to 1985 with New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres. Currently a TV color commentator for the Rangers.
Ht: 6-foot-1 Wt: 195 pounds
DOB: July 31, 1956 In: Kitchener, Ont.
First Hockey Memory: “My father (Steve) was my coach in a youth team; I was in first grade. We had a game on a Saturday and I had to leave because I was in a school play. I remember just being beside myself that I had to leave the game, I think, to play Farmer in the Dell. We had a very good youth team in 1967. We lost five games all year and we were really, really good. We won a big international tournament in Toronto. That was the only time I played with my two brothers (Bob and Don). There were three Maloney boys on the team.”
Hockey Inspirations: “My dad. Davey Keon, the captain of the Leafs. Then, when I was a little bit older, Bobby Orr. And he’s still pretty inspiring today.”
Hobbies/Leisure Activities: ” Read, listen to music, bike ride, golf, yard work; anything to be active.”
Favorite Movies: “A Few Good Men, The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather…and Walk The Line, that was really good.”
Favorite TV Shows: “Sopranos, Grey’s Anatomy. I enjoy watching a lot of hockey.”
First Car: “Was a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette. I bought it with my signing bonus. It was white with maroon interior. Great car. Got stolen in Providence. Damn. I wish I still had it.”
Pregame Feeling: “I used to like to do the crosswords. I’d get there early, depending on who we were playing. Of course, if we were playing the Flyers I was probably scared to death (laughs). Or the Bruins. I enjoyed the routine on the road. It was really just hockey. I had a young family, so it was a little different; I really enjoyed it on the road. You’d get to the rink early, hang out, do crosswords.”
Most Painful Moment: “Was probably when I got traded; got traded to Buffalo. I’m not sure painful…it’s a little bit…I’ve always been aware that you get traded. It’s a little bit sobering and kind of melancholy-ish…Coming back down in the locker room and the locker was all packed up. And I was like, OK, I guess that’s 10 years. And that’s it (smiles). But like I said, I always had recognition that that was part of the business. And Boston opted not to sign Bobby Orr and traded him to Chicago. So, if Orr could get traded, I sure as hell could get traded.”
Favorite Uniforms: “I’m partial to the Original Six. The Montreal red; Chicago red; Ranger blue; But I think the Montreal red, white and blue is pretty impressive.”
Favorite Arena: “Believe it or not, I liked to play the (Nassau) Coliseum. Particularly when we were better. It wasn’t much fun when we weren’t good. Those games were great when we were good. The Spectrum was frightening. No, forget the Spectrum, that place stunk (laughs). I was gonna say it was great because the crowd was on top of you… It sucked because the crowd was on top of you. Oh, that was bad. And I always liked playing in Maple Leaf Gardens because I grew up a Leafs fan. And often times it would be family and friends there.”
Funny Hockey Memory: “Oh, lots of things made me laugh. I roomed with Nicky Fotiu and Jimmy Schoenfeld – two guys you had to sleep with with one eye open, wondering what they were up to and where they were (laughs). And there were a lot. It’s funny, I was thinking actually about that this morning. When I reminisce about the game, a lot of stories aren’t so much the game, it’s the coach and the people you played with and the times we had on the ice and off the ice. And there certainly are stories that can’t be told out of school and won’t be told out of school (laughs). It was a lot of fun. Really a lot of fun.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “When I whacked JD (goalie John Davidson). We were playing against St. Louis and it was at home. I turned the puck over late in the game and I went to hit the crossbar with my stick in anger and I missed and hit John in the back of the leg. That was bad, but to his credit, he was awesome about it. He was then like he is now – he took me aside a couple of times in my career and said, “You gotta calm down a little bit.” And he was really good about it. I could probably think of more than one, but that one’s right up there.”
Closest Hockey Friends: “Ron Greschner, Ulf Nilsson, Andy Hedberg, Mike Rogers, Tommy Laidlaw. It’s funny, your life moves in a different direction and the closeness you felt because of the common theme of hockey kind of goes away. But I think now, being back in the game, it’s interesting that you kind of re-new acquaintances from hockey. I’d be pretty hard-pressed to think of anybody that I played with that I wouldn’t consider saying hello to if I saw them. So, a lot of good people in the game.”
Funniest Players Encountered: “Schoeny in Buffalo was funny. Nicky was a practical joker. Pierre Larouche was a funny bastard. He was great. And Don Murdoch was a great storyteller. But Pierre Larouche was really funny. He was smart and he had that French-English thing going and he was insightful. I remember he would talk about the Flyers and how their personality changed when they weren’t the Flyers, like when guys got traded…I remember the big Broad Street Bully Don Saleski…Pierre got traded to Montreal and Saleski finished his career in Colorado. Saleski lined up in the faceoff and he started talking to him and asking how he was doing. Pierre said, ‘How am I doing? I mean, Jesus Christ, you tried to kill me for 15 years, now you’re my pal? Get out of here.’ It was stuff like that. He was comically insightful on human nature and human behavior.”
Toughest Competitors: “Guys like Bob Nystrom and Clark Gillies. I respected them more than any. There were a lot of types. But those guys, to me, they could play any way you wanted to play and they preferred to play. But if there had to be some business that had to get settled, they’d settle it. In many ways, from a Canadian perspective, they probably typified what hockey was all about. If you want to play, we can play. If you have to be tough, we can be tough. The fiercest, toughest guy I played with was George McPhee. He was tough. I remember he got in a fight with Scott Stevens in Richmond in an exhibition game. And we didn’t really know who he was. He went toe-to-toe; Stevens was only 20, 21. I mean, Stevens was tough; I think Stevens had had a year in the league, maybe. He was a big guy and tough and George went and, consequently, George went with all the big guys. I mean, he was only 170-175 pounds. But let me tell you something: he got a lot more room in practice the next day, than he would have got before (laughs). He’s another good guy. Glen Hanlon’s another good guy I played with. But George was the toughest, pound for pound.”
Worst Injury: “Probably when Clark Gillies inadvertently stepped on my forearm. And I came within a hair of losing the use of the three outside fingers on my left hand. Probably the most dangerous. Although, I took a skate across my face when I was playing for Buffalo. Mike Ramsey was my partner – he was playing the right side – and Dale Hunter came through the middle and went to Mike’s side and as he came back. Mike hit him with a hip and I was in the process of coming in to give him support and he flipped up and his skate sliced me right down the middle of my face. I put a visor on after that.”
Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Honesty. Sense of humor. Self-effacing quality. Whatever’s the opposite of arrogance and ignorance (smiles). Things like that. I think honesty and a sense of humor go a long way.”
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