Merlin Travis Malinowski
Center
Left-Handed Shot
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 190 pounds
Born: 9.27.58 North Battleford, Saskatchewan
How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Hartford Whalers with the rights to Scott Fusco for Garry Howatt and
Rick Meagher, 10.15.82
Year
Team
GP
G
A
Pts.
+/-
PIM
SOG
PPG
PPA
PPP
SHG
SHA
SHP
GWG
1978-79
COL
54
6
17
23
-17
10
76
0
1
1
0
0
0
1
1979-80
COL
10
2
4
6
-1
2
16
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
1980-81
COL
69
25
37
62
-24
61
152
4
19
23
0
0
0
1
1981-82
COL
69
13
28
41
-22
32
95
0
3
3
1
0
1
0
1982-83
NJ
5
3
2
5
1
0
8
1
2
3
0
0
0
1
Team Career
Totals
COL
202
46
86
132
-64
105
339
4
25
29
1
0
1
2
Team Career
Totals
NJ
5
3
2
5
1
0
8
1
2
3
0
0
0
1
Franchise
Career Totals
 
207
49
88
137
-63
105
347
5
27
32
1
0
1
3
Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
When you talk about Malinowski, the hands are quicker than the eye. Coincidence that his first name is Merlin? I don't
think so.

Seriously, that was one of his better skills coming out of juniors, where he piled up the points, particularly from assists.

He split time with the Philly Firebirds and the Rockies in his first pro season with some decent results. The following
season, though, he didn't have a good training camp and ended up playing most of the season in the CHL, where while
with the Forth Worth Texans, he would register 76 points.

He got another chance with the Rockies the following season, and this time, he delivered, scoring 62 points despite
missing a few games to a shoulder separation. He would follow that up with a 41-point campaign.

He was off to a hot start after the team moved to New Jersey, but then the Whalers got him in a trade. He wasn't able
to keep that pace up, though. Not even close.

He would be released by the Whalers at the end of training camp the following season, so he decided to give
Switzerland a try, passing up a two-way deal to play in the Penguins' organization. He played very well in seven seasons
in the Swiss League, both top level and level 2. He also was on the Canadian Olympic team for the Calgary games.

He would retire in 1990.

He became an assistant coach for the London Knights in 1996, but left them to coach in the Swiss League later that
year. Later, he coached the St. Mary's Lincolns in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League, serving them from 2003
to 2010, and again from 2014 to early in the 15-16 season.
Entry Draft: 1978 Second Round Pick (27th overall) by the
Colorado Rockies