Manny Malhotra

  • Position Defense
  • DOB May 18, 1980

Manny Malhotra, born on May 18, 1980, in Mississauga, Ontario, is a retired professional ice hockey player whose career in the National Hockey League (NHL) spanned over 16 seasons. Known for his exceptional defensive skills and faceoff expertise, Malhotra carved out a niche as one of the league’s premier defensive forwards. He was selected by the New York Rangers in the first round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, showcasing the high expectations placed on his shoulders.

Malhotra’s early years in the NHL saw him playing for the Rangers and later the Dallas Stars. However, it was during his tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets that he truly established himself as a reliable two-way player. His ability to win faceoffs and contribute defensively made him a valuable asset to the team, earning him a reputation as a key defensive center.

In 2009, Malhotra joined the San Jose Sharks, where he continued to excel in his defensive role. His leadership qualities and work ethic on and off the ice made him a respected figure in the locker room. Despite facing a severe eye injury during the 2010-2011 season, Malhotra displayed tremendous resilience, returning to the ice and contributing to the Sharks’ success.

The latter part of Malhotra’s career saw him play for the Vancouver Canucks, a period where he continued to showcase his defensive prowess. His reliable play in the faceoff circle and ability to shut down opponents earned him the trust of coaches and teammates alike. Malhotra’s impact extended beyond his on-ice contributions, as he became a mentor for younger players and a positive influence in the dressing room.

After 991 NHL games, Manny Malhotra announced his retirement in 2016, concluding a career characterized by defensive excellence and dedication to the game. Post-retirement, he transitioned to coaching, utilizing his wealth of experience to guide the next generation of hockey players. Malhotra’s legacy endures not only for his on-ice accomplishments but also for his resilience, leadership, and commitment to the sport of hockey.

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