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Devils Q&A with John Madden

Whether scoring or checking, Devs' two-way threat values wins most of all

Thursday, 08.28.2008 / 3:30 PM / News
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Devils Q&A with John Madden

Madden, who matched a career high with 23 assists, finished fourth on the Devils with 43 points in 2007-08. – You can call him an offensive threat or a defensive specialist, but John Madden is focused more on winning than fitting a mold.

Madden's 2007-08 saw him reach the 20-goal mark for the second time, while connecting for a career-high 43 points. The 2001 Selke Trophy winner as the NHL's top defensive forward also earned his fourth nomination for the award in 2008, finishing second to Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk.

John Madden
Alongside linemate Jay Pandolfo, Madden remains a vital part of the Devils' checking game and will begin his ninth full season in New Jersey when the puck drops for the home opener against the New York Islanders on Friday, Oct. 10.

The two-time Stanley Cup champion recently answered fan questions as part of's Devils Q&A feature.

Where do you spend your offseasons? Do you head back to Barrie?


Madden: I spend the offseason here in Jersey and take a few different vacations with my family.

Who was your favorite hockey player when you were a kid and why?

Barrie, Ontario

JM: I had two favorites: one was Doug Gilmour and the other was Wendel Clark. I enjoyed watching them both play. I enjoyed Wendel Clark’s intensity, and Doug Gilmour’s never-quit attitude. That's what I admired most about them.

If you weren't playing hockey, what would you hope to be doing as a different career?

Matawan, N.J.

JM: Good question... I’m not sure what I’d be doing, but definitely something in athletics. Maybe I’d be coaching somewhere at the college level.

Do you fish? If so, what's the largest fish you've caught, and what type was it?

Hillsborough, N.J.

JM: Yes I fish... I went fishing in Mexico this year and caught a 120-lb. tuna. My son and I love to bass fish, as well.

What kind of music do you listen to?

Colonia, N.J.

JM: All kinds of music, but my favorite is country.  I’d say Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney are my favorites.

Would you rather be known for your scoring ability or your defensive ability?

Riverview, New Brunswick

JM: To me it doesn’t really matter if I’m known for scoring goals or for my defensive ability. What matters is being known for helping your teammates win championships.

As a veteran, when things aren't going the Devils’ way in a game, how do you keep your teammates upbeat?

Williamstown, N.J.

JM: I keep them upbeat by keeping a positive attitude and looking at the positives in any given game. A little adversity never killed anyone, and you always have to keep working toward your goals.

You and Jay Pandolfo have been playing on the same line together with great success since you both started playing on the team. What is it between you two that makes such a great pairing?


JM: Chemistry. The biggest thing between Pando and I is that we communicate a lot. We get along real well, and we view the game the same way. Our game plans are always on the same page.

Madden with the Stanley Cup in 2003.
What is the best part of playing hockey in New Jersey?


JM: We always have a chance to win a championship. With Marty Brodeur in net and, in years past, Scott Stevens, we have always had a shot to win and that has been a lot of fun.

You always look so intense during games, whether on the ice or on the bench. Are you an intense guy in your everyday life as well?

Keene, N.H.

JM: Some would say so, but I’m not always that way. At home I’m not. But definitely on the ice, when I'm doing my job and the game’s on the line, I’m very intense.

I know you have several dogs... What are their names, and do they miss you during the season when you're on road trips?

New Jersey

JM: I have four Golden Retrievers and a Shih Tzu – Fozzie, Hunter, Herbie, Cruise and Freddie. And yes, I’m sure they miss me during the season.

How do you and your teammates occupy yourselves during the plane/bus rides to away games?

Montville, N.J.

JM: We play a lot of cards, and spend time going to the movies or malls when we're on the road.

What would you like to see the most this season from the fans at The Rock?

Eldora, N.J.

JM: I think the same things that I expect from my teammates: not too many highs or too many lows over the course of a game or a season. Everybody knows you can’t win every game, but at the same time you have to put your best foot forward and keep a good attitude about what goes on during the year.

You're one of the best two-way players in the NHL who can check, score and skate. Is playing for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games a goal of yours?

London, Ontario

JM: Absolutely. I’d love to play for my country in 2010. Realistically, I’ll be 36 years old by then, and there won’t be too many 36-year-olds on the team. It’s definitely a long shot, but it would be fun to do.




1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52


J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51