A three-time Stanley Cup Champion and winner of the 2000-01 Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward, John Madden, 44, was named head coach of the Cleveland Monsters by the Columbus Blue Jackets on August 29, 2016 following the departure of Monsters head coach Jared Bednar, who was hired in mid-August as head coach of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
Madden registered 165 goals, 340 points, 219 penalty minutes and a +20 rating in 898 career NHL appearances for the New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and Florida Panthers spanning 13 seasons from 1998 to 2012. Madden helped the Devils claim the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003 before again hoisting hockey’s Holy Grail in 2010 with Chicago. A Toronto, Ontario native, Madden spent parts of three seasons as an assistant coach with Florida from 2013-16 and in 2017-18, enters his second season as Monsters head coach.
Additionally, Madden and New Jersey appeared in the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals as Eastern Conference Champions and Madden, who served as one of the Devils’ assistant captains for parts of five seasons from 2003-09, finished second in Selke voting in 2003, 2004, and 2008. During his collegiate career at the University of Michigan, Madden helped the Wolverines claim CCHA Championships in 1994, 1996, and 1997, the National Championship in 1996, and capped his college career as a Hobey Baker Award Finalist in 1997.