Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2010, 29

As soon as the Stanley Cup arrived at John Madden's
it was time for breakfast.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
The formidable Chicago Blackhawks are considered upstarts, led by youngster named Toews, Kane and Keith. But it's important to recall that the youth parade leaned on the veteran presence of three-time Stanley Cup champion John Madden to help teach them what it takes to capture hockey's great prize.

The 37-year-old Madden has been one of hockey's finest defensive forwards over an 11-year career. He was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy in 2001, and was a finalist in 2003, 2004 and 2008. In 2009-10, he led the Hawks in blocked shots with 58 and in shorthanded icetime (2:18 per game).

John Madden and Lord Stanley visited
the Harding Township Police Department.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
John Madden was born in Barrie, Ontario, but learned his hockey on Toronto rinks. He returned to the town of his birth to play Junior 'B' with the Barrie Colts, and in 1992-93, set team records for assists (75) and points (124), also adding 49 goals.

It appeared as though John's career may have hit a sizable speedbump. He never played Major Junior and was not drafted by an NHL team in 1993. Instead, he played college hockey at the University of Michigan where, during his four-year career, John collected 80 goals and 100 assists in 160 games, helping the Wolverines win the NCAA championship in 1995-96. Through his hard work, which included selection to the NCAA West First All-American Team in his final season at the U of M, the New Jersey Devils signed John as a free agent in June 1997.

John Madden and the Stanley Cup took some time to visit with some girls from Madison High School.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Madden made his NHL debut on January 6, 1999, one of 4 games he played for the Devils that season. He earned a full-time spot on the Devils' roster in 1999-2000. During his time in New Jersey, John established himself as a premier defensive forward, playing a key role in the 2000 and 2003 Stanley Cup championships.

Madden joined the Chicago Blackhawks as an unrestricted free agent in July 2009 and adding his leadership and savvy to a young Blackhawks team, helped them to the Promised Land, earning his third Stanley Cup championship.

John Madden helping a friend enjoy a cold one
from the bowl of the Stanley Cup.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
John earned his time with the Stanley Cup, and chose to take Lord Stanley's legacy to New Jersey. He met the Stanley Cup in Newark at 7:30AM on Thursday, August 26, ready to celebrate.

After taking the Cup home, the bowl was filled with cereal for his children, Tyler and Reese, while John and his wife Lauren looked on. Escorted by the police, a limo bus took the Stanley Cup to Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. John was thrilled when a bagpiper led his entourage through the hospital entrance while onlookers clapped in time. Madden visited with patients in the pediatric unit, posing for photographs and signing autographs.

John Madden and the Stanley Cup visited youngsters at the Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown, NJ.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)



As the tour continued, John had the limo bus pull over in front of Madison High School where he had noticed girls playing soccer and boys playing football. Jumping out with the Cup, John thrilled the students by saying hi and showing them hockey's greatest prize.

The next stop was Twin Oaks Ice Rink in Morristown. Stationed in the lobby, John greeted many kids and their parents who were incredulous at seeing the Stanley Cup.

John Madden and the Stanley Cup made a quick stop Tito Burritos.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
After freshening up, Madden visited Grasshopper Off the Green, also in Morristown, then moved on to The Vine for steak, pulled pork, pasta and potatoes with his family and friends.

The Stanley Cup left New Jersey at midnight and spent Friday, August 27 in Chicago, but returned to John Madden in Jersey on Saturday, August 28.

The first stop that day was the Harding Township Police Department, where the boys in blue proudly had their pictures taken with the 117-year-old trophy. John then spent 90 minutes visiting with youngsters at the Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown.

A quick stop at Tito's Burritos was followed by a visit to the Sushi Lounge next door. And then, it was 'The Donald.'

John Madden and Donald Trump proudly hoisting Lord Stanley while visiting the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, NJ.
(Walt Neubrand/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Donald Trump owns the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey. While membership fees and annual dues preclude most of us from becoming members of this very exclusive club, Madden had been invited by a member to stop by and visit. When he arrived, out walked Donald Trump to greet both him and the Stanley Cup.

Waiting at the next stop was a small gathering of John and Lauren's best friends, and they dined on steak and chicken while visiting and admiring John's prize.

The final stop of the Madden Cup tour was at The Bamboo. More great food — shrimp, calamari, cheeses and crackers — fed John, his family and friends. The music pumped and the celebration jumped. Elsewhere, a wedding reception was in progress, but the jungle drums alerted that party that the Stanley Cup was in the house, so now when their wedding photos are returned, friends will see beautiful pictures of the bride and groom in various poses, including standing by the Stanley Cup!

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Up next, Dave Bolland takes his turn with the Cup, and you'll read about it Tuesday in Stanley Cup Journal.

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.



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