John Madden (ice hockey)

John J. Madden (born May 4, 1973) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre. An undrafted player from the University of Michigan (where he holds the NCAA record for most short-handed goals (10) in a single season), 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.

John Madden
Madden pictured during his tenure with Minnesota Wild.
Born (1973-05-04) May 4, 1973
Barrie, Ontario, Canada
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 19972012

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 short-handed. Madden led the NHL and set a New Jersey Devils' team record and tied the NHL rookie record at the time, held by Gerry Minor (Vancouver Canucks, 1980–81) by scoring six shorthanded goals during the 1999–2000 season. After playing 14 seasons, he retired on September 4, 2012.

After his playing career in 2012, he became a coach and scout for NHL teams, including the head coach position for the Columbus Blue Jackets' minor league affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, for three seasons.

Playing career

Early years

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.[1][2] 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 second 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.[2] 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.[2]

New Jersey Devils

Madden spent the bulk of his first two professional seasons with the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL). He led the River Rats in scoring during the 1998–99 season, setting team records for assists (60) and points (98). He 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 to 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.[3] Over his career, Madden had thirty-two 2-point games, three 3-point games, one 4-point game and one 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 NHL'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.[4]

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 200506 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 Eliáš. 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 Eliáš (Eliáš, 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 career milestones included his 100th assist (October 18, 2006, against the Pittsburgh Penguins), 200th point (October 12, 2006, against the Toronto Maple Leafs), and 500th game (November 17, 2006, against the Ottawa Senators).

Chicago Blackhawks

As an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2009, Madden signed a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $2.75 million. He won his third Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks that year.[5]

Minnesota Wild

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

Florida Panthers

On January 4, 2012, Madden signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers, joining former Blackhawks teammates Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell and Tomáš Kopecký.[7]

Madden officially retired from the NHL on September 4, 2012.

Post-retirement and coaching career

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 American college hockey.[8]

On November 8, 2013, Peter Horachek was named interim head coach for the Florida Panthers and hired Madden as an assistant coach.[9] Madden would stay with the team as an assistant after under head coach Gerard Gallant. Madden was fired by the Panthers on May 13, 2016.[10]

On August 29, 2016, Madden was named the head coach of the Cleveland Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets.[11] Madden replaced Jared Bednar, who had coached the team to winning the league championship the previous season before being hired as the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. He coached the Monsters for three seasons and a 101–99–4–4 record before leaving the team.[12]

Personal life

Madden and his wife Lauren have two children, Tyler and Reese.[13] On June 23, 2018, Tyler was drafted 68th overall by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.[14]

Awards and achievements

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93Barrie ColtsCOJHL43497512482
1993–94Michigan WolverinesCCHA366111714
1994–95Michigan WolverinesCCHA392122438
1995–96Michigan WolverinesCCHA4327305745
1996–97Michigan WolverinesCCHA4226376356
1997–98Albany River RatsAHL7420365640133131614
1998–99New Jersey DevilsNHL40110
1998–99Albany River RatsAHL753860984452246
1999–00*New Jersey DevilsNHL74169256203470
2000–01New Jersey DevilsNHL8023153812254376
2001–02New Jersey DevilsNHL82158232560000
2002–03*New Jersey DevilsNHL801922412624610162
2003–04New Jersey DevilsNHL801223352250000
2005–06New Jersey DevilsNHL821620363694158
2006–07New Jersey DevilsNHL7412203214111122
2007–08New Jersey DevilsNHL802023432652132
2008–09New Jersey DevilsNHL76716232670114
2009–10*Chicago BlackhawksNHL7910132312221122
2010–11Minnesota WildNHL7612132510
2011–12Florida PanthersNHL31303470000
NHL totals 898 165 183 348 219 141 21 22 43 26
  • Asterisk notes Stanley Cup Championship season

Awards and honours

Award Year
NCAA National Champion 1996
CCHA All-Tournament Team 1996 [15]
All-CCHA First Team 1996–97 [16]
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


  1. Shoalts, David (June 9, 2000). "Madden remembers the good, not bad, from old neighbourhood". Globe and Mail. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. "Devils too hot for Penguins". BBC News. October 29, 2000.
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  5. Chere, Rich (2010-06-10). "John Madden celebrates third Stanley Cup with his two kids". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2010-06-10.
  6. Andresen, Glen (August 6, 2010). "Boom! John Madden Coming To Wild". Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  7. "Panthers sign center Madden to one-year deal". January 4, 2012. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  8. "John Madden parmi le personnel du CH". 2012-09-04.
  9. "Florida Panthers Name Peter Horachek Interim Head Coach".
  10. "Panthers fire assistant coach Madden". NBC Sports. May 13, 2016.
  11. "Jackets hire 'smart, energetic' Madden to coach AHL club". NBC Sports. August 29, 2016.
  12. "Madden will not return as Monsters head coach". Columbus Blue Jackets. May 29, 2019.
  13. Chere, Rich (June 10, 2010). "John Madden celebrates third Stanley Cup with his two kids". Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  14. Zeisberger, Mike (June 23, 2018). "Clark among 14 NHL sons selected in Draft". Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  15. "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". Retrieved 2014-04-23.
  16. "All-CCHA Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Wayne Strachan
CCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
Succeeded by
Brendan Morrison
Preceded by
Bates Battaglia
CCHA Best Defensive Forward
Succeeded by
Terry Marchant
Preceded by
Steve Yzerman
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
Succeeded by
Michael Peca
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jared Bednar
Cleveland Monsters head coach
Succeeded by
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