After the departure of Jared Bednar to the NHL ranks, the Cleveland Monsters quickly had a search and have hired John Madden as their new head coach. This will be the former NHLer’s first job in the head coaching position, having served three seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Florida Panthers.
On his hiring, Columbus assistant general manager Bill Zito said in a press release, “John Madden has a winning pedigree, having been a part of three Stanley Cup championships and a collegiate championship. He has helped the Panthers become one of the NHL’s most improved franchises in the past three seasons.”
Along with the three Stanley Cups, two with New Jersey and one with Chicago; Madden has a Selke Trophy for best defensive forward to show from his 13-year NHL career.
While it does seem a little odd that a championship winning club like the Monsters would go out and pick up a fresh head coach from outside the organization, Madden will get plenty of help from staff staying. In the same press release, Madden says he’ll be bringing back Toby Petersen, Steve McCarthy, and Manny Legace to help the Monsters try to win back-to-back championships.
Madden has been coached by some solid coaches, like Pat Burns, Larry Robinson, Jacques Lemaire, and Joel Quenneville; while also learning how to deal with young talent while under the eye of Gerard Gallant the past two seasons in Florida. The Monsters hope that those experiences for Madden will be enough to help the Monsters not only be successful, but propel the players into the Blue Jackets organization battle-ready for the NHL.