Thursday, February 4, 2010

Getting To Know Your 2010 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team: Ryan Malone

This week has just flown by, and the House of Georges has reached a milestone: Our entire front page is now covered with nothing but hockey posts for the first, and likely the last, time in HoGstory. That's good stuff, right there. We're nearing the tail end of our segment on the forwards. Skip past the leap for today's featuree.

Ryan Malone will turn 31 this December. He was selected in the fourth round of the 1999 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins. He logged four seasons with them before trading in his Pens sweater for a jersey with the Tampa Bay Lightning logo on it. He has 134 career goals, 121 assists, and is well on his way to 500 career PIMs. Like many of the fellows we've had a peek at, he registered significant ice time in Minnesota, but also played a few games in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He's a guy whose game is loaded with toughness and grit, and while there's typically no brawling in Olympic hockey, I wouldn't put it past Malone to get chippy out there on the ice. And speaking of chippy, these are allegedly photos of Malone's wife.