Penguins scout Madigan hired as Northeastern coach
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After nearly 20 years away from his alma mater, Penguins amateur scout Jim Madigan was introduced Tuesday as the new men's hockey head coach at Northeastern University.
Madigan's move to Northeastern concludes a 18-year career as an NHL scout, the final five of which were spent with the Penguins (2006-11), a period in which the Penguins appeared in two Stanley Cup finals, winning one (2009).
"Jim has shown a great ability to identify talent and is committed to developing players on the ice, in the classroom and in the community," Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby said in a statement.
"His energy and enthusiasm, along with his commitment to Northeastern values, made him the obvious choice."
Madigan played for the Huskies from 1981-85 and served as an assistant coach there for seven years from 1986-93. Upon leaving Northeastern, he worked as a scout for the New York Islanders for 13 years. Over the past 25 years, Madigan has held a variety of posts with Northeastern, the most recent being a position with the university's college of business administration.
Madigan is the program's 10th head coach, and he replaces Greg Cronin, who resigned in June to become an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
First Published July 27, 2011 12:00 am