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Jordan Maletta (born April 30, 1995) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward. Maletta was signed as a free agent by the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 26, 2016. Prior to being signed by the Blue Jackets, he played junior ice hockey for the Windsor Spitfires and the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League.[1][2]

Jordan Maletta
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Jordan Maletta playing for the Cleveland Monsters in 2017
Born (1995-04-30) April 30, 1995 (age 24)
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Cleveland Monsters
Tucson Roadrunners
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2016–2018

Playing careerEdit

JuniorEdit

In 2011, Jordan Maletta was the first-round pick for the Windsor Spitfires, and thirteenth overall pick, in the OHL Priority Selection.[1] Maletta played for Windsor throughout the 2011–12 season, playing in a total of 57 games with 5 goals scored, 15 assists, and 59 penalty minutes.[2] He started the 2012–13 season with Windsor, but was traded to the Niagara IceDogs on January 4, 2013.[3] Maletta played for the IceDogs for the remainder of the 2012–13 season and throughout the subsequent three seasons.[2] In his final season with the IceDogs, Maletta was named Niagara's Overage Player of the Year and was the team's nominee for the Red Tilson Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player of the Year after amassing a career high 34 goals. He served as assistant captain in his final two seasons in Niagara. Throughout his stint in the OHL, Maletta scored a total of 82 goals with 109 assists and 278 penalty minutes.[1]

ProfessionalEdit

On March 21, 2016, Jordan Maletta was signed by the Columbus Blue Jackets as a free agent prospect to a three-year entry-level contract.[4] He was assigned to the Blue Jackets AHL affiliate Cleveland Monsters on September 30, 2016, and played with the Monsters throughout the 2016–17 season.[1] Maletta competed in every game in the season for the Monsters finishing with 23 points in 76 games and 2nd on the team in fights.

In the 2017–18 season, Maletta battled through a hand injury to make it back to the lineup, posting 4 assists in 28 games before he was dealt by the Blue Jackets to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for Ryan Kujawinski on February 26, 2018.[5] Maletta was dispatched to Arizona's affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners and made just 1 appearance in end the campaign.

On July 12, 2018, Maletta was part of a multi-player trade that saw his rights go to the Chicago Blackhawks along with Marcus Kruger, Andrew Campbell, prospect MacKenzie Entwistle, and a fifth-round pick in 2019 in exchange for the contract of Marian Hossa, Vinnie Hinostroza, Jordan Oesterle, and a third-round pick in 2019.[6] With Maletta not medically cleared to play in the following 2018–19 season, on October 4, 2018, he was placed on unconditional waivers and mutually terminated from his contract with the Blackhawks to end his professional career.[7]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 Windsor Spitfires OHL 57 5 15 20 59 4 1 1 2 6
2012–13 Windsor Spitfires OHL 36 4 8 12 38
2012–13 Niagara IceDogs OHL 26 3 5 8 27 5 1 0 1 0
2013–14 Niagara IceDogs OHL 29 12 28 40 58 7 2 1 3 4
2014–15 Niagara IceDogs OHL 68 24 28 52 41 11 6 3 9 2
2015–16 Niagara IceDogs OHL 68 34 25 59 55 17 2 9 11 15
2016–17 Cleveland Monsters AHL 76 12 11 23 69
2017–18 Cleveland Monsters AHL 28 0 4 4 32
2017–18 Tucson Roadrunners AHL 1 0 0 0 0
AHL totals 105 12 15 27 101

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada Ontario U17   2 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 2 0 0 0 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Jordan Maletta - Cleveland Monsters". Cleveland Monsters. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Eliteprospects.com - Jordan Maletta". Elite Prospects. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Puchalski, Bernie. "IceDogs acquire Maletta from Spitfires". St. Catherines Standard. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets sign forward Jordan Maletta to three-year entry-level contract". Columbus Blue Jackets. March 21, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "Coyotes, Blue Jackets trade AHL forwards". American Hockey League. February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "Blackhawks trade Hossa's contract to Coyotes in package deal". The Sports Network. July 12, 2018. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Blackhawks to terminate Jordan Maletta's contract". secondcityhockey.com. October 4, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.

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