Madigan Signs Extension Through 2020-21
CHN Staff Report
BOSTON Northeastern coach Jim Madigan has reached a contract extension with the university that takes him through the 2020-21 season.
"Our men's hockey program has put itself in a position to succeed both in Hockey East and nationally for the past several years, led by Coach Madigan and his staff," Northeastern athletic director Peter Roby said. "The student-athletes that the group recruits created in a shift in the culture of our team and reached levels of success not seen in decades. I'm very pleased to have Jim as our Fernie Flaman Men's Hockey Coach for years to come."
Madigan, a 1986 alum of the school, was named Northeastern's coach in 2011. During his tenure, Madigan has led Northeastern to its first Hockey East Championship since 1988 and first NCAA appearance since 2009, both coming last season.
"I believe we have built a program here at Northeastern that is poised to compete for Beanpot, conference and national championships year in and year out," Madigan said, "and I'm very happy to know that we have the opportunity to continue to make strides towards those lofty goals."
Madison was first an assistant coach for the Huskies from 1986 to 1993. He served as a professional scout for the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins from 1993 to 2011, winning a Stanley Cup in 2009.
Madigan's Huskies are coming off an 18-15-5 season in 2016-17, marking the first time since 1943 that Northeastern has had four straight seasons with a record of .500 or above. Senior Zach Aston-Reese was named Hockey East Player of the Year and a Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalist.
The 2015-16 season began 1-11-2 before a trip to Belfast turned the season around. Northeastern finished the season on a 21-3-3 run, including a 13-game winning streak that was the longest in program history and a 14-game unbeaten streak (13-0-1) that was also the longest, culminating in the program's first Hockey East Championship since 1988.
As a player at Northeastern, Madigan was a four-year letterwinner under Fern Flaman. During his freshman season, Madison was team Rookie of the Year as NU won 25 games, establishing a single-season wins record that remains tied for best all-time in program history. That same season, he helped lead the Huskies to the NCAA Frozen Four. Building on that success, Madigan was a key contributor to two Huskies' Beanpot championships, in 1984 and 1985.