John Madden is a Canadian center on the Minnesota Wild.
Madden was never drafted, but played college hockey at the University of Michigan, where he set the NCAA record for shorthanded goals. He signed with the Devils in 1997, and joined the club in 1999. Since then, he has become one of the top defensive forwards in the league, a perfect fit with the defensive-minded Devils. He is perhaps the best penalty killer in the game, and tied the NHL rookie record with 6 shorthanded goals his first season. Madden won 2 Stanley Cups with the Devils, in 2000 and 2003, and was named an alternate captain in 2005. He won the Selke Trophy in 2001 as the league’s best defensive forward. In 2009, New Jersey opted not to re-sign the veteran forward, and was signed to a one year deal with Chicago. With Chicago, Madden remained in a primarily defensive role, and finished with 10 goals and 23 points, while helping the Blackhawks win their first Stanley Cup since 1961, and his 3rd career Stanley Cup. With the Hawks strapped for cap space in the offseason, he was allowed to walk as a UFA, and was signed by the Wild.
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