John Madden Retires; Joins Habs Coaching Staff

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Panthers forward John Madden hadn’t signed anywhere yet this summer, and at the age of 39, he has announced his retirement, then to be hired by the Montreal Canadiens to scouting and evaluate free agent players at the US college level.

Madden played 898 games over 13 NHL seasons, scoring 165 goals and 348 points with the Devils, Blackhawks, Wild and Panthers.

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.

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. On August 6, 2010, Madden signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Wild, and after a year of playing mainly on the fourth line, Madden signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers in January of 2012, joining former Blackhawks teammates Kris Versteeg, Brian Campbell, and Tomas Kopecky.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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