Last Updated on January 4, 2024, 7:20 am
Canada: Connie “Mad Dog” Madigan, the oldest rookie in NHL history, passed away.
Connie Madigan, a Canadian retired professional ice hockey defenceman, passed away after a brief illness on the night of January 3, 2024. Madigan is known for being the oldest rookie in NHL history at age 38. He played 20 games for the St. Louis Blues in the National Hockey League (NHL) during the 1972-73 season.
What happened to Connie Madigan?
Connie Madigan passed away peacefully during the night of January 3, 2024, surrounded by loved ones. He was 89 years old at the time of his tragic demise. According to the reports, he passed away after a brief illness. His family announced the tragic news of his passing in a post on social media,
“Someone I have loved madly for 24yrs died last night. He was a legend in NHL, a father who loved his family, gave every once to their well-being, and man who loved connecting people and making contacts more than anyone I have ever met.”
His legacy will forever live on in the memories of the hockey world community. His contributions to the sport will serve as an inspiration for the generations to come.
Who was Connie Madigan?
Cornelius Denise “Mad Dog” Madigan was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, on October 4, 1934. He was a professional ice hockey defenceman. He played in senior leagues in Ontario and British Columbia in the late 1950s. He had a lengthy career as a minor league star, with the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League for three seasons in the early 1960s and for the Portland Buckaroos of the West Hockey League for nine seasons.
He won many accolades as First Team League All-Star in 1960, 1966, 1967, 1968, and 1969, Second Team All-Star in 1965, 1971, and 1972, and winning best defenceman honors in 1966.
The St. Louis Blues of the NHL bought his rights from Buckaroos, and he played for the Blues in January 1973 at the age of 38, becoming the oldest rookie in the history of the NHL. He played for the Blues in twenty regular-season games and five playoff games.
He ended his career with Portland in parts of two successive seasons and announced his retirement. At the time of his retirement, he was second in minor league history in career penalty minutes. Despite being retired for forty seasons, he is still 89th in career penalty minutes.
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