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Blue Jackets name John Madden coach of AHL affiliate

Three-time Cup winner hired after three seasons as Panthers assistant @NHLdotcom

John Madden, who won the Stanley Cup three times during a 13-season NHL career, was named coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland on Monday.

Madden replaces Jared Bednar, who was hired as coach of the Colorado Avalanche on Aug. 25 after coaching the Monsters to the Calder Cup last season.

"I am really excited and would like to thank the Blue Jackets organization for the opportunity to serve as head coach of the defending Calder Cup champion Cleveland Monsters," Madden said. "I am looking forward to working with Toby Petersen, Steve McCarthy, Manny Legace and the staff in Cleveland to continue to develop the young players in this organization in an environment that demands excellence on and off the ice."

Madden, 43, was as an assistant with the Florida Panthers for the past three seasons after spending 2012-13 on the scouting staff of the Montreal Canadiens.

Madden had 165 goals, 348 points and a plus-20 rating in 898 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and Panthers, and 21 goals and 43 points in 141 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He won the Cup with New Jersey in 2000 and 2003, and with Chicago in 2010. Madden won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward in 2000-01.

"John Madden has a winning pedigree, having been a part of three Stanley Cup championships and a collegiate national championship as a player and being a part of the coaching staff that helped the Florida Panthers become one of the NHL's most improved clubs over the past three seasons," Blue Jackets assistant general manager Bill Zito said. "He is a smart, energetic young coach who we believe to be the best person to lead our prospects in Cleveland."

Madden was signed by the Devils as an undrafted free agent on June 26, 1997, after playing four seasons at the University of Michigan. He helped the Wolverines win the NCAA championship in 1996 and was a Hobey Baker Award finalist in 1996-97 after scoring 26 goals and 63 points in 42 games.

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