We are very pleased to add John to André Tourigny’s coaching staff. John is an experienced coach and a three-time Stanley Cup champion. He’s a proven winner who had a very good NHL career as a defensive specialist. I’m confident that he will be able to help our penalty-killing unit and he will be a great addition to our staff.
Madden, 49, has been with the San Jose Sharks the last two seasons but parted ways along with the rest of the staff when the team gave general manager Mike Grier the choice of the next coach. Before that, Madden served as head coach of the Cleveland Monsters for three seasons and as an assistant with the Florida Panthers.
That’s where his playing career ended as well, with Madden hanging up his skates in 2012 after more than 1,000 total games in the NHL. That includes 141 playoff contests, which, as Armstrong notes, resulted in three Stanley Cup championships. He is a Selke Trophy winner, having taken home the trophy in just his second year in the league, after a long grind to get to that level.
Undrafted, Madden played four years at the University of Michigan and two years in the minor leagues (where he was an absolute superstar) before playing his first full NHL season at the age of 26. For a team that is trying to build a program from the ground up, an experience like that can only help the young talent that will need to fight and claw for ice time.