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The Hockey Community in Mourning Over the Passing of a Former Defenseman

Published January 10, 2024 at 11:38 PM
BY CHRIST
The hockey world is in a state of grief following the passing of Connie 'Mad Dog' Madigan, as announced by NHL coach and broadcaster Don Cherry through social media platforms. Madigan, who was 89, had a short but memorable period in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues and is celebrated for his iconic tenure in the old WHL with the Portland Buckaroos. He is particularly remembered for setting a record as the oldest rookie in NHL history, debuting at the age of 38 in January 1973.

Madigan was known for his aggressive style on the ice, earning the nickname 'Mad Dog' due to his frequent involvement in fights and his ranking as the second-highest in minor league penalty minutes by the time he retired in 1976. His influential career is highlighted in a YouTube video that captures his significant contributions to the sport.


Originally from Port Arthur, Ontario, Madigan began his professional hockey journey in 1958 following his time in junior hockey in his home city. Throughout his career, he accumulated notable statistics: scoring 97 goals, earning 503 points, and notably racking up 1,846 penalty minutes across 806 games in the WHL.


In his tribute, Don Cherry, popularly referred to as Grapes, paid homage to Mad Dog, recalling him as one of the most formidable players he ever came across:


"Sorry to hear about the passing of my old roommate and buddy, Connie 'Mad Dog' Madigan. One of the toughest guys I played with or against. Not sure why he's in his street clothes in Spokane's team picture. Godspeed Connie."

Cherry's tweet also mirrors the feelings within the hockey community, commemorating Mad Dog as a genuine battler of the sport.

Source: Bruinsinsider
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