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Madden Idolized Gilmour

via Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Like local kids who idolized Mickey Mantle or Derek Jeter, John Madden had his hero as a youngster in Ontario - Doug Gilmour of the Maple Leafs.

When Madden arrived from college for his first Devils training camp in 1997, there was Gilmour, acquired by New Jersey from the Leafs during the previous season. In that moment, Madden was an awestruck hockey fan.

“He was pouring himself a coffee and I was just waiting. He looked at me and said, ‘Do you want a cup? Here, take this one,’ ” Madden recalled. “You wouldn’t believe how many phone calls I made back home to tell my friends and my family.”

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: doug+glimour, john+madden

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