John Madden (ice hockey)

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John Madden
John Madden Wild 2010 1.jpg
Madden pictured during his tenure with Minnesota Wild.
Born (1973-05-04) May 4, 1973 (age 41)
Barrie, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for New Jersey Devils
Chicago Blackhawks
Minnesota Wild
Florida Panthers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1997–2012

John J. Madden (born May 4, 1973) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre. An undrafted player from the University of Michigan, he won three Stanley Cups during his National Hockey League (NHL) career; two with the New Jersey Devils, and one with the Chicago Blackhawks. Madden was noted during his career for his ability to kill penalties, play both ends of the ice, and score shorthanded goals.

Madden was regarded during his career as one of the league's best defensive forwards; he was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2001, and finished second in voting 2003, 2004 and 2008. His penalty-killing skills often generated breakaway chances while his team was shorthanded. Madden led the NHL and set a New Jersey Devils' team record — and tied the NHL rookie record (G. Minor, Van., ’80-81) — by scoring six shorthanded goals during the 1999–2000 season. After playing 14 seasons, he retired on September 4, 2012.

Playing career[edit]

Early Years[edit]

John Madden's journey to the NHL was an uncommon one. As a child, he grew up in a public housing project, Parma Court, in Toronto. Madden is a graduate of the Victoria Village House League and has also played for a number of minor league teams, including the Don Mills Flyers, Scarborough Bruins, Hillcrest Summits, and the Junior "C" Alliston Hornets, before moving up to the Junior "B" Barrie Colts. During his second full season (1992–93) with the Colts, Madden set team records for assists (75) and points (124).

Madden was selected in the 11th round (173rd overall) in the 1992 OHL Priority Selection by the Niagara Falls Thunder after a 104 point season with the Barrie Colts Jr.B. (OHA) team. Madden did not report to Niagara Falls, instead chose to pursue an NCAA scholarship. After his 2nd season in Barrie, when he scored 124 points in 43 games, he was still passed over in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

However, of the 286 players drafted that year, only 24 have played more career NHL games than the undrafted Madden (as of the end of the 2009-10 NHL season).

Madden played college hockey for the University of Michigan playing in 160 games and getting 80 goals and 100 assist for 180 points with 123 minutes of penalties. During his four-year career with the Wolverines, Madden set the NCAA record for most career Shorthanded goals (23) and was a member of the 1995–96 championship team. In his final season at Michigan, he was named to both the CCHA First All-Star and NCAA West First All-American Teams. Madden's teammates at Michigan included future NHL players Brendan Morrison, Mike Knuble, Blake Sloan, Marty Turco, Steve Shields and Bill Muckalt.

The presence of Morrison, the Devils' second round pick in 1993, proved fortuitous for Madden, whose strong work ethic was noticed by General Manager Lou Lamoriello as he monitored Morrison's college development. Lamoriello eventually offered Madden a contract, and he signed with the Devils as an amateur free agent on June 26, 1997.

New Jersey Devils[edit]

Madden spent the bulk of his first two professional seasons with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL). Madden led the Rats in scoring during the 1998–99 season, setting team records for assists (60) and points (98). Madden made his NHL debut on January 6, 1999 against cross-town rivals the New York Rangers (one of four games he played for the Devils that season) and collected his first career NHL point on January 18, 1999 against the San Jose Sharks. He won a permanent spot on the Devils' roster the following season (1999–2000) and remained with the team through the 2008-09 season.

On October 29, 2000, in a 9-0 victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Madden and Randy McKay became the first NHL teammates to each score four goals in one game since January 14, 1922. [1] Over his career Madden has 32 2-point games, 3 3-point games, 1 4-point game and 1 5-point game.

For most of his time with the Devils, Madden was paired with left wing player Jay Pandolfo, prompting many Devils fans to refer to this ubiquitous duo as "Madolfo." The value of the Madden/Pandolfo partnership to the Devils was particularly notable after the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Despite the loss of defensive stalwarts Scott Stevens (retirement), Scott Niedermayer (free agency), and Ken Daneyko (retirement), as well as a series of rule changes designed to increase offence, the Devils have remained one of the league's least scored on and least penalized teams.

On April 25, 2006, Madden completed his first career playoff hat-trick in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers; two of his goals were shorthanded, tying an NHL record.[2]

Madden was a member of the Devils' 1999–2000 and 2002–03 Stanley Cup champion clubs. After the retirement of long-time captain Scott Stevens before the 2005–06 season, the Devils abandoned the use of the captain's 'C' and instead used four alternate captains, drawing from a pool of Madden, Brian Rafalski, Colin White, Scott Gomez, Alexander Mogilny, and Patrik Elias. Madden has continued to wear the alternate captain's 'A', except for a short time in the 2007–08 season, in which the 'A' was given to Brian Gionta, Dainius Zubrus and Patrik Elias (Elias, after having the captaincy taken away). Once Jamie Langenbrunner, on December 5, 2007 was named captain, Madden once again was assigned the 'A', along with defenseman Colin White.

Madden scored his 100th career goal (regular season) on April 1, 2006 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Other recent career milestones include his 100th assist (October 18, 2006 vs. Pittsburgh Penguins), 200th point (October 12, 2006 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs), and 500th game (November 17, 2006 vs. Ottawa Senators).

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

As an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009, he signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $2.75 million. He won his third Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks that year.[3]

Minnesota Wild[edit]

On August 6, 2010, Madden signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild.

Florida Panthers[edit]

On January 4, 2012, Madden signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers, joining former Blackhawks teammates Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell, and Tomas Kopecky.

Madden officially retired from the NHL after the 2012-2013 season concluded.

Post-retirement / Coaching[edit]

On September 4, 2012, Madden retired from the NHL. The same day, he accepted a position with the Montreal Canadiens amateur player recruitment group, for scouting and evaluating amateur free agent talent in United States college hockey.

On November 8, 2013, Peter Horachek of the AHL affiliate San Antonio Rampage was named interim head coach for the Panthers; Madden, along with Brian Skrudland, will be joining Horachek as an assistant coach.[4]

Awards and achievements[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Barrie Colts COJHL 43 49 75 124 82
1993–94 Michigan Wolverines CCHA 36 6 11 17 14
1994–95 Michigan Wolverines CCHA 39 21 22 43 8
1995–96 Michigan Wolverines CCHA 43 27 30 57 45
1996–97 Michigan Wolverines CCHA 42 26 37 63 56
1997–98 Albany River Rats AHL 74 20 36 56 40 13 3 13 16 14
1998–99 New Jersey Devils NHL 4 0 1 1 0
1998–99 Albany River Rats AHL 75 38 60 98 44 5 2 2 4 6
1999–00* New Jersey Devils NHL 74 16 9 25 6 20 3 4 7 0
2000–01 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 23 15 38 12 25 4 3 7 6
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 15 8 23 25 6 0 0 0 0
2002–03* New Jersey Devils NHL 80 19 22 41 26 24 6 10 16 2
2003–04 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 12 23 35 22 5 0 0 0 0
2004–05 HIFK SM-l 3 0 0 0 0
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 16 20 36 36 9 4 1 5 8
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 12 20 32 14 11 1 1 2 2
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 20 23 43 26 5 2 1 3 2
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 7 16 23 26 7 0 1 1 4
2009–10* Chicago Blackhawks NHL 79 10 13 23 12 22 1 1 2 2
2010–11 Minnesota Wild NHL 76 12 13 25 10
2011–12 Florida Panthers NHL 31 3 0 3 4 7 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 898 165 183 348 219 141 21 22 43 26
  • Asterisk notes Stanley Cup Championship season

Awards and honours[edit]

Award and Year
NCAA National Champion 1996
All-CCHA First Team 1996–97
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1996–97
Stanley Cup champion (New Jersey) 2000
Stanley Cup champion (New Jersey) 2003
Stanley Cup champion (Chicago) 2010

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wayne Strachan
CCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
1996
Succeeded by
Brendan Morrison
Preceded by
Bates Battaglia
CCHA Best Defensive Forward
1996-97
Succeeded by
Terry Marchant
Preceded by
Steve Yzerman
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
2001
Succeeded by
Michael Peca