Boom! John Madden joining Blue Jackets (No, not that John Madden)

Gotta hand it to the Columbus Blue Jackets. After yet another disappointing season, Ohio’s NHL team is really thinking outside the box with the latest hire in their organization: John Madden.

It’s hard to imagine they could find anyone with a combination of name recognition and championship experience, let alone broadcast and video game fame!

Wait, what? This is a different John Madden?

Oh, well actually this looks like a good hire, too.

The Madden the Blue Jackets brought on to become the head coach of their AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, already knows what championship hockey looks like in the Midwest.

After winning two Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, he helped the Chicago Blackhawks end a 49-year title drought in 2010.

The former standout defensive forward also won three CCHA championships and a national title at Michigan in the mid-90s.

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