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The Mafia Line: Great In 1979

In 1979, the New York Rangers introduced "The Mafia Line." The trio was so successful that they led the Rangers all the way to the Stanley Cup finals.

The Mafia Line refers to a trio known as "Godfather" and two "Dons."

Phil Esposito would of course play the role of the Godfather. His wingers were the two Dons, Don "Murder" Murdoch and Don Maloney.

The line had a short shelf life, but in the spring of 1979 they were the toast of hockey.

Don Maloney is the most recent profile addition here at Legends. But I simply could not add him and not add his older brother Dave Maloney, another standout for the Rangers in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Just in case you missed it, yesterday I added three other Rangers: Brian Leetch, Andy Bathgate and Bones Raleigh.


Don Maloney: One of my all-time favorites when I was growing up. You would be hard-pressed to find another player who was better and controling the puck along the boards and coming out of the corners with the puck.

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