“Boom! Tough actin’ Tinactin.”
No, not that John Madden. We’re talking about the three-time Stanley Cup Champion John Madden, that the Devils Army overwhelmingly voted as the Best to Wear #11 in New Jersey Devils history.
It’s a bit of a surprise to find out that John Madden wasn’t drafted by the New Jersey Devils, or any team for that matter. Despite a great career at the University of Michigan, Madden was passed over in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Who did the Devils take that year in the second round? Madden’s Wolverine teammate: Brendan Morrison.
Madden’s defensive reputation and his desire for championships were developed at the University of Michigan. Madden set the NCAA record for most career shorthanded goals with 23, and was a member of the 1995-96 Wolverines championship team.
Madden was signed by the Devils as an amateur free agent on June 26, 1997. Making his debut halfway through the 98-99 season, Madden’s play would earn him a permanent spot on the Devils 1999-2000 roster, which would go on to win the Stanley Cup.
Known for his leadership and defensive play, Madden was alternate captain for the Devils on numerous occasions. He also owns the franchise record for most shorthanded goals (17). In honor of his defensive play, Madden has won the Frank J. Selke trophy (2001) which highlights the forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game. He was also a finalist for the award in 2003, 2004 and 2008.
As stated, Madden is also a three-time Stanley Cup Champion. He was a part of the 2000 and 2003 Devils Cup teams and the 2010 Blackhawks Cup winning team.
|Career Stats with the New Jersey Devils|
The 2011 NHL Awards were not without controversy. Nicklas Lidstrom stole the Norris from Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara despite his -2 differential on the year. Ryan Kesler finally won the Selke, Corey Perry deservedly took home the MVP Hart Trophy, and Tim Thomas got the Vezina. Without further ado, here are the voting results for the finalists of the major awards:
NORRIS: Lidstrom (736), Weber (727), Chara (688)
SELKE: Kesler (1.179), Toews (476), Datsuyk (348)
ADAMS: Bylsma (196), Vigneault (169), Trotz (80)
CALDER: Skinner (1,055), Couture (908), Grabner (497)
GM OF THE YEAR: Gillis (96), Yzerman (61), Poile (55)
LADY BYNG: St. Louis (994), Lidstrom (464), Eriksson (347)
VEZINA: Thomas (104), Rinne (84), Luongo (33)
HART: Perry (1,043), Sedin (960), St. Louis (332)
Roberto Luongo’s season was rewarded as part of some goalie tandem award, and I’m sure drinking from it will be just as sweet as the Stanley Cup he almost won.
Zdeno Chara won the Mark Messier leadership award, but finished third for the Norris. I don’t think anyone feels too badly for him after the way the Bruins’ season finished.
Dustin Brown best embodied the NHL’s core principals and won the NHL Foundation Award.
I got six predictions right, which is better than I did for my Oscars picks. Dan Bylsma did amazing things with a depleted Penguins roster, and I’m glad to see him rewarded. I thought Yzerman filled the holes in the Tampa Bay Lightning incredibly well, and was robbed for GM of the year.
Speaking of rookies, Jeff Skinner won the Calder and he deserved it after an exciting season for the Hurricanes.
Tim Thomas got the Vezina after setting the record for best saves percentage in a season, in what was probably the least surprising award of the night.
Congratulations to all the players that were awarded. Now, on to the draft!