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July 02, 1997 - Image 17

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1997-07-02

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Wednesday, July 2,;1997 --The Michigan Daily 17
Icer Madden -makes
deal withd the Devl

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
When New Jersey Devils general
manager Lou Lamirello visited Yost Ice
Arena in February, he knew what he was
looking for.
The Devils held the draft rights to
three Wolverines -- Brendan
Morrison, Mike Legg and Sean
Ritchlin -- and Lamirello observed a
potential investment.
But none of those three players were
the first Wolverine to sign with the
Devils this offseason. That distinction
fell to John Madden, who was not draft-
ed by an NHL team.
Madden's signing on June 26, while
unexepected due to his free-agent status,
was certainly justified.
At Michigan, Madden played left
wing and eenter while etching his name
into the NCAA record book. In both his
junior and senior seasons, Madden led

the nation in shorthanded goals.
His knack for scoring with his team
short a man established a national repu-
tation for Madden and could prove to he
his niche in the NIHL.
He concluded his career as the
NCAA career leader' in shorthanded
goals with 23.
Madden's proficiency on speeial
teams eamned him one of college hock-
ey's highest honors -- Hohey Baker
While Morrison was the eventual
recipient of the award, Maddenss work-
man-like approach didn't allow him to
savor the honor of being a finalist,
"It's no big deal,' he said at the time.
"I haven't got a chance in hell at winning
it. It's just a name on a pieee of paper,
nothing else.'
The Devils didn't agree, and now
Madden is the first of Michigan's Class
of '97 to enter the pro ranks.

John Madden was not drafted while at Michigan. However, after four years as a Wolverine, the New Jersey Devils made him an
offer he couldn't refuse. He was the first Michigan player of the Class of 1997 to sign with an NHL team.

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