CLEVELAND– The Calder Cup champions have a new coach.
On Monday, the newly-renamed Cleveland Monsters announced John Madden will take over as the team’s head coach following the departure of Jared Bednar. Earlier this month, Bednar was named the head coach of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.
“I am really excited and would like to thank the Blue Jackets organization for the opportunity to serve as head coach of the defending Calder Cup Champion Cleveland Monsters,” Madden said in a news release on Monday.
The 43-year-old spent three seasons as an assistant coach for the Florida Panthers. During his 13 seasons in the NHL, the three-time Stanley Cup champion played for the New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Minnesota Wild and Florida.
“John Madden has a winning pedigree, having been a part of three Stanley Cup championships and a collegiate national championship as a player and being a part of the coaching staff that helped the Florida Panthers become one of the NHL’s most-improved clubs over the past three seasons,” said Blue Jackets assistant general manager and monsters general manager Bill Zito.
“He is a smart, energetic young coach who we believe to be the best person to lead our prospects in Cleveland.”