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John Madden added to Habs' staff

Tuesday, 09.04.2012 / 2:43 PM / News

NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday hired former NHL forward John Madden to their amateur player recruitment group.

Madden will be responsible for the scouting and evaluation of free agent players at the U.S. collegiate level.

Madden, 39, played 898 career games spanning 13 NHL seasons, totaling 165 goals and 348 points. He earned the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the League's top defensive-forward in 2001, while finishing as a finalist for the award in 2003 and '04.

He played nine seasons with the New Jersey Devils and was a part of their Stanley Cup championships in 2000 and 2003. He joined the Chicago Blackhawks in 2009 and helped lead the team to the 2010 Stanley Cup.

Madden spent the 2010-11 season with the Minnesota Wild before appearing in 31 games for the Florida Panthers last season.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game