Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Maltais
Left-winger Steve Maltais has been a useful part time player in the NHL since debuting in 1989-90. In junior and the minors he was an explosive performer and led the IHL in goal scoring five times in six seasons during the 1990s.

Born in Arvida, Quebec, Maltais moved to Toronto to play for the Wexford Hawks in 1985-86. This was followed by three fine seasons in the OHL with the Cornwall Royals. After scoring 53 goals in 1988-89, he was named to the league's second all-star team. Selected 57th overall by the Washington Capitals in 1987, Maltais was strictly a high scoring AHL farmhand for the club.

Maltais moved on to the Minnesota North Stars and Quebec Nordiques but continued to spend most of his time in the minors. After being claimed by the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 1992 Expansion Draft, he played 63 games and took a regular shift for the first year club. Following the season, he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for Dennis Vial but spent most of the 1993-94 schedule in Adirondack.

Beginning in 1994-95, Maltais embarked on a dominant six-year stretch with the Chicago Wolves of the IHL. During that period he led the league in goal scoring five times and topped the 50-goal mark on three occasions. The clever sniper also helped Chicago win the Turner Cup in 1998 and was named to the league's first all-star team three times and was a two-time selection to the second unit. On the eve of the 2000-01 season, Maltais was signed as a free agent by the expansion Columbus Blue Jackets and played 26 games, his first taste of the NHL in nearly seven years.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1985-86 Wexford Raiders MTHL 33 35 19 54 38
1985-86 Wexford Raiders ON-Jr.B 1 1 0 1 0
1986-87 Cornwall Royals OHL 65 32 12 44 29 5 0 0 0 2
1987-88 Cornwall Royals OHL 59 39 46 85 30 11 9 6 15 33
1988-89 Cornwall Royals OHL 58 53 70 123 67 18 14 16 30 16
1988-89 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 4 2 1 3 0
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 8 0 0 0 2 -2 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 67 29 37 66 54 12 6 10 16 6
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 7 0 0 0 2 -1
1990-91 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 73 36 43 79 97 6 1 4 5 10
1991-92 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 2 1 3 2 -1
1991-92 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 48 25 31 56 51
1991-92 Halifax Citadels AHL 10 3 3 6 0
1992-93 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 63 7 13 20 35 -20
1992-93 Atlanta Knights IHL 16 14 10 24 22
1993-94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 1 1 0 -1
1993-94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 73 35 49 84 79 12 5 11 16 14
1994-95 Chicago Wolves IHL 79 57 40 97 145 3 1 1 2 0
1995-96 Chicago Wolves IHL 81 56 66 122 161 9 7 7 14 20
1996-97 Chicago Wolves IHL 81 60 54 114 62 4 2 0 2 4
1997-98 Chicago Wolves IHL 82 46 57 103 120 -6 22 8 11 19 28
1998-99 Chicago Wolves IHL 82 56 44 100 164 +26 10 4 6 10 2
1999-00 Chicago Wolves IHL 82 44 46 90 78 +12 16 9 4 13 14
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 26 0 3 3 12 -9
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 50 25 26 51 57 +2 16 7 10 17 2
2001-02 Chicago Wolves AHL 67 31 32 63 62 -12 25 12 10 22 22
2002-03 Chicago Wolves AHL 79 30 56 86 86 +2 9 3 5 8 12
2003-04 Chicago Wolves AHL 76 31 33 64 67 +6 10 5 4 9 16
2004-05 Chicago Wolves AHL 80 18 42 60 59 +4 18 5 7 12 6
NHL Totals 120 9 18 27 53 1 0 0 0 0


OHL Second All-Star Team (1989)
IHL First All-Star Team (1995, 1999, 2000)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1996, 1997)
Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy (Leading Scorer - IHL) (2000)
John P. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer - AHL) (2003) AHL Second All-Star Team (2004)
Traded to Minnesota by Washington with Trent Klatt for Shawn Chambers, June 21, 1991. Traded to Quebec by Minnesota for Kip Miller, March 8, 1992. Claimed by Tampa Bay from Quebec in Expansion Draft, June 18, 1992. Traded to Detroit by Tampa Bay for Dennis Vial, June 8, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Chicago (IHL), September 8, 1994. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, October 6, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Chicago (AHL), September 11, 2003.
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