Former NHL defenceman Connie Madigan.
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Former NHL defenceman passes away at 89-years-old

Published January 10, 2024 at 2:47 PM

We have some sad news to report on in the hockey world on Wednesday as it's been announced that former NHL defenceman Connie Madigan has passed away at the age of 89.

Madigan appeared in 20 games in the National Hockey League with the St. Louis Blues during the 1972-73 season, recording three assists. In doing so, Madigan became the oldest player in National Hockey League history to make their debut, which came at the age of 38.

The Port Arthur, Ontario native spent the majority of his professional career in the minor leagues, including parts of 12 seasons with the Portland Buckeroos of the now-defunct Western Hockey League.

Former NHLer and head coach Don Cherry took to X on Wednesday to remember his friend:

"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 said.

"The NHL Alumni Association is saddened to learn that Cornelius «Connie» Madigan has passed away at the age of 89.

We send our deepest condolences to Connie's family, friends, and former teammates during this difficult time."

The thoughts of everyone here at Blade of Steel are with the Madigan family at this difficult time.
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