The National Hockey League lost one of its most seasoned players on Tuesday, with news that forward John Madden will be joining the Montreal Canadiens in a front office position. His career wasn’t a Hall of Fame one, but Madden was a fan favorite everywhere he went and a top notch defensive forward.
The majority of his career took place in New Jersey. Madden made a living as that gritty guy in the bottom six, proving physical and durable. He wasn’t known for putting up points, but was one of the tougher defensive forwards to play against, with three Selke Trophy nominations, including one win.
Madden appeared in almost 900 games during his career, tallying 348 points for his career. His best overall season came in 2000-2001, with the New Jersey Devils, when he finished with 38 points, including a career-high 23 goals and was a plus-24 for the season.
In his one season with the Chicago Blackhawks, John Madden made a lasting impression. His impact wasn’t felt on the ice every minute of every shift, but he was still a very large part of the team that was able to take home the Stanley Cup in ’09-’10.
Madden was a valuable part of the locker room during that season, as well as an important player in the bottom six. He played in 79 games, finishing with 25 points on the year. It was a presence that the Hawks were unable to replace, until they brought in Jamal Mayers last year.
Madden finished his career with a couple of stops with the Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers. But he’ll most likely be remembered as a New Jersey Devil, where he spent the first decade of his career and won a Selke.
He won’t go down as one of the greatest to ever play the game, but he’ll be remember as an all time fan favorite, who was a class act on and off the ice. He’ll join the Habs’ front office as a scout of sorts, focusing on the NCAA level.