Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Connie Madigan
Connie Madigan must have doubted that he would ever play in the NHL. After playing junior hockey with his hometown Port Arthur Bruins, he embarked on a hockey odyssey that took him to Penticton, Vernon, Nelson, Spokane, Fort Wayne, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Providence, Portland, and Dallas before he got his big break in 1973 at the age of 38?the oldest rookie ever to play in the NHL?with St. Louis.

In fact, his coach, Jean-Guy Talbot, was only two years older than Madigan and had been retired for two seasons after a 16-year career. Some of his St.Louis Blues teammates had not been born when Madigan began his professional hockey career. Nonetheless, he was ecstatic to get the opportunity to play.

It is important to remember that St.Louis had entered the NHL in 1967 using the last legs of veteran stars like Glen Hall, Doug Harvey, and Dickie Moore to build a foundation. But a 38-year old rookie? Why not? The Blues had defensemen Brent Hughes and Bob McCord out with injuries, and the veteran Madigan's experience couldn't hurt the team. He played in 20 NHL games during 1972-73, providing solid if unspectacular defense, but by September 1973, Connie Madigan was sold to Portland of the Western Hockey League.

Madigan had played nine seasons with Portland's Buckaroos, and he finished his career playing parts of two more seasons in Oregon


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1952-53 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 27 4 3 7 67
1953-54 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 26 2 11 13 124 9 1 2 3 18
1954-55 Port Arthur Bruins TBJHL 34 7 11 18 168
1954-55 Humboldt Indians AJHL 5 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Penticton Vees OSHL 54 4 18 22 231
1956-57 Penticton Vees OSHL
1957-58 Vernon Canadians OSHL 8 0 3 3 34
1958-59 Nelson Maple Leafs WIHL 50 4 24 28 145 11 2 4 6 24
1958-59 Spokane Spokes WHL 3 1 1 2 2
1958-59 Nelson Maple Leafs Al-Cup 7 0 3 3 12
1959-60 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 66 7 50 57 272 13 0 3 3 44
1960-61 Cleveland Barons AHL 8 0 2 2 13
1960-61 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 57 9 28 37 231 8 2 3 5 26
1961-62 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 2 0 0 0 9
1961-62 Spokane Comets WHL 63 9 28 37 171 16 0 4 4 28
1962-63 Spokane Comets WHL 48 7 15 22 115
1963-64 Los Angeles Blades WHL 68 10 27 37 120 12 2 4 6 49
1964-65 Providence Reds AHL 10 1 2 3 34
1964-65 Portland Buckaroos WHL 60 11 20 31 158 10 1 4 5 18
1965-66 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 13 31 44 159 14 1 6 7 15
1966-67 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 9 42 51 147 4 2 1 3 6
1967-68 Portland Buckaroos WHL 59 7 25 32 105 12 1 5 6 16
1968-69 Portland Buckaroos WHL 71 3 25 28 175 10 1 8 9 22
1969-70 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 10 1 4 5 26
1969-70 Portland Buckaroos WHL 60 5 28 33 101 11 0 6 6 59
1970-71 Portland Buckaroos WHL 72 8 59 67 175 3 0 3 3 38
1971-72 Portland Buckaroos WHL 61 8 48 56 170 11 0 7 7 44
1972-73 Portland Buckaroos WHL 42 3 26 29 146
1972-73 St. Louis Blues NHL 20 0 3 3 25 +1 5 0 0 0 4
1973-74 San Diego Gulls WHL 39 3 19 22 80
1973-74 Portland Buckaroos WHL 16 0 12 12 22 9 0 2 2 40
1974-75 Portland Buckaroos WIHL 10 2 11 13 20
NHL Totals 20 0 3 3 25 5 0 0 0 4


WIHL First All-Star Team (1959)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1960)
WHL Second All-Star Team (1965, 1971, 1972)
WHL First All-Star Team (1966, 1967, 1968, 1969)
Hal Laycoe Cup (Outstanding Defenseman - WHL) (1966)
Rights transferred to Toronto after NHL club purchased Spokane (WHL) franchise, June 4, 1963. Transferred to Denver (WHL) after Spokane (WHL) franchise relocated, September, 1963. Traded to LA Blades (WHL) by Toronto (Denver-WHL) for cash, October, 1963. Traded to Providence (AHL) by LA Blades (WHL) for cash, September, 1964. Traded to Portland (WHL) by Providence (AHL) for cash, October, 1964. Traded to St. Louis by Portland (WHL) for cash and the loan of Andre Aubry for the remainder of the 1972-73 season, January 31, 1973.
Oldest rookie in NHL history. Traded to San Diego (WHL) by St. Louis for cash, September, 1973. Traded to Portland (WHL) by San Diego (WHL) for cash, February, 1974.