North­eastern alumnus and three-​​time Beanpot cham­pion Jim Madigan has been named North­eastern men’s ice hockey head coach, Director of Ath­letics Peter Roby announced on Monday. Madigan, the 10th coach in pro­gram his­tory, brings more than 26 years of col­lege and pro­fes­sional hockey expe­ri­ence to his new post on Hunt­ington Avenue. He played for the Huskies from 1981 to 1985 and was an assis­tant coach at the uni­ver­sity from 1986 to 1993. He has served as a pro­fes­sional scout for the New York Islanders and Pitts­burgh Pen­guins since 1993, win­ning a Stanley Cup in 2009.

It’s a true honor to be named head coach at North­eastern,” said Madigan. “I have tremen­dous pas­sion for this uni­ver­sity and for this pro­gram. North­eastern is a world-​​class insti­tu­tion and Boston is a world-​​class city. I’m thrilled to be back where it all started for me — Matthews Arena.

The expec­ta­tions I have for our pro­gram are high. We will con­tinue to build on the momentum estab­lished by Greg Cronin and his staff, and we will com­pete at the highest level, both in Hockey East and nationally.”

Today begins a new and exciting era of North­eastern hockey, an era that accel­er­ates our progress and builds on our recent suc­cess,” Roby said.” Jim played a promi­nent role in one of our program’s most illus­trious decades. More impor­tantly, though, 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. His energy and enthu­siasm, along with his com­mit­ment to North­eastern values, made him the obvious choice.”

As a pro­fes­sional hockey scout, Madigan has demon­strated great skill in iden­ti­fying and eval­u­ating talent in a thor­ough and insightful manner. He has served as a scout for the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins since 2006, helping that fran­chise build a team that advanced to the Stanley Cup finals in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons (2008 and 2009) and that cap­tured the Cup in 2009.

He played a key role in iden­ti­fying two Huskies who have excelled in the Pen­guins orga­ni­za­tion — Brad Thiessen and Joe Vitale. This season, Vitale spent time on the Pens’ NHL roster and Thiessen was named the AHL’s most out­standing goal­tender. Prior to his tenure with the Pen­guins, Madigan served as a scout for the New York Islanders for 13 years. During his time in hockey, Madigan has worked along­side some of the great inno­va­tors of the game, from Ferny Flaman (North­eastern head coach from 1970 to 1989) to notable NHL exec­u­tives, including gen­eral man­agers Ray Shero (Pitts­burgh), Don Mal­oney (Phoenix), Chuck Fletcher (Min­nesota), Randy Sexton (Florida), Mike Mil­bury (New York Islanders), plus Gordie Clark (director of player per­sonnel, New York Rangers) and Jay Hein­buck (North­eastern alumnus and director of ama­teur scouting, Pittsburgh).

North­eastern fans also will remember Madigan’s tenure as an assis­tant coach for the Huskies from 1986 to 1993. During that seven-​​year stint, he recruited and coached four All-​​Americans and 15 All-​​Hockey East selec­tions. In addi­tion to recruiting, Madigan was involved in all aspects of run­ning a suc­cessful Divi­sion I pro­gram. During his time on the North­eastern bench, the Huskies won 100 games and in 1988 cap­tured the program’s last Beanpot title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Madigan coached at the Uni­ver­sity of Ver­mont for one season (1985–86).

As a player at North­eastern, Madigan was a four-​​year letter winner under Flaman, leading the Huskies to a 67–59-5 record. During his freshman season, North­eastern won 25 games, estab­lishing a single-​​season wins record that remains tied for best all-​​time in pro­gram his­tory. Madigan was a key con­trib­utor to two Huskies’ Beanpot cham­pi­onships in 1984 and 1985.

In 1982, he was voted Rookie of the Year. In his senior cam­paign he was named assis­tant cap­tain and, at season’s end, was pre­sented with the program’s Unsung Hero Award. Madigan skated in 119 career games, recording 78 points (34–44-78).

In 1998, Madigan was awarded the Friends of NU Hockey Ferny C. Flaman Award. The honor is pre­sented to a bene­factor of North­eastern hockey who has demon­strated the com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of Coach Flaman to making North­eastern hockey a success.

Madigan’s appoint­ment as head coach con­tinues a 25-​​year tenure at North­eastern. His ded­i­cated ser­vice to the Uni­ver­sity includes roles as men’s ice hockey assis­tant coach (1986–93), assis­tant director of phys­ical plant ser­vices (1993–99), director of ath­letic devel­op­ment (1999–2004) and asso­ciate dean and director of devel­op­ment in the Col­lege of Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion (2004–11). In his most recent post, he led a devel­op­ment effort that gen­er­ated an average of $5.7 mil­lion in gifts over seven years, including $13 mil­lion in 2010-​​11. Over the course of his career, Madigan has shown an unpar­al­leled ability to pro­mote North­eastern to a broad and diverse con­stituency — including prospec­tive stu­dents, alumni and other supporters.

Madigan grad­u­ated from North­eastern in 1986 with a degree in busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion. He and his wife Kim, a North­eastern alumna, have two daugh­ters, Kelly and Kate, who both com­pete on the North­eastern track and field team.

A press con­fer­ence will be held today at 12:30 p.m. at Matthews Arena to for­mally intro­duce Madigan as the new head coach. The press con­fer­ence will be streamed live on GoNU​.com.

North­eastern opens the season on Friday, Oct. 7, against Mass­a­chu­setts at 7 p.m. at Matthews Arena. To join this new era of Huskies Hockey, order your season tickets online (GoNU​.com/​t​i​c​k​ets), by phone (617–373-4700) or by email (huskytix@​neu.​edu).

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