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John Anderson
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Born March 28, 1957 (1957-03-28) (age 62)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Left
Played for Dallas Black Hawks (CHL)
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
Quebec Nordiques (NHL)
Hartford Whalers (NHL)
Binghamton Whalers (AHL)
Fort Wayne Komets (IHL)
New Haven Nighthawks (AHL)
San Diego Gulls (IHL)
NHL Draft 11th overall, 1977
Toronto Maple Leafs
WHA Draft 14th overall, 1977
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1977–1994

John Anderson (born John Murray Anderson on March 28, 1957) is a Canadian retired ice hockey right winger.

He was re-hired as the head coach of the Chicago Wolves of the AHL on July 10, 2013 after coaching them from 1997-2008.

He is a former head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers and assistant coach of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

John played 12 seasons in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques and the Hartford Whalers.

Playing CareerEdit

John was the captain of his junior team, the Toronto Marlboros. He was drafted in the 1st round, 11th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft.

John played 814 career NHL games, scoring 282 goals and 349 assists for 631 points from 1977–78 until 1988–89. His best statistical season was the 1982–83 season when he set career highs with 49 assists and 80 points.

He scored the winning goal against the New York Rangers on April 4, 1987 to give the Hartford Whalers their only division championship.

Coaching CareerEdit

In 1996-97, John coached the Quad City Mallards to their first of six consecutive 50-win seasons and their first Colonial Hockey League championship in just the franchise's second season.

John is the Chicago Wolves franchise's all-time coaching leader in wins with 371 and holds the club mark for postseason victories as well with 80.

He led the Wolves in winning the Turner Cup and Calder Cup four times in his eleven seasons at the team's helm. His team was crowned league champions in 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02 and 2007–08.

John also helped establish a diner called "John Anderson's" which is located in Ontario in Toronto & Mississauga.

He coached the American gold medal winning team in the 2007 Jewish World Cup hockey tournament in Israel.

On June 20, 2008, John was named as the fourth head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers. On October 10, 2008, he won his first game as an NHL coach 7–4 against his good friend Bruce Boudreau's team, the Washington Capitals.

On April 14, 2010, John was released as the head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers after 2 seasons with the organization. On July 12, 2011, he became an assistant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes.

On July 10, 2013, John was rehired as the head coach of the Chicago Wolves.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1973–74 Toronto Marlboros OHA 38 22 22 44 6
1974–75 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 70 49 64 113 31
1975–76 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 39 26 25 51 19
1976–77 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 64 57 62 119 42
1977–78 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 52 22 23 45 6 13 11 8 19 2
1977–78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 0
1978–79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 71 15 11 26 10 6 0 2 2 0
1979–80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 25 28 53 22 3 1 1 2 0
1980–81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 17 26 43 31 2 0 0 0 0
1981–82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 31 26 57 30
1982–83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 31 49 80 24 4 2 4 6 0
1983–84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 37 31 68 22
1984–85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 32 31 63 27
1985–86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 65 21 28 49 26
1985–86 Hartford Whalers NHL 14 8 17 25 2 10 5 8 13 0
1986–87 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 31 44 75 19 6 1 2 3 0
1987–88 Hartford Whalers NHL 63 17 32 49 20
1988–89 Hartford Whalers NHL 62 16 24 40 28 4 0 1 1 2
1989–90 Binghamton Whalers AHL 3 1 1 2 0
1989–90 Milan Italy 9 7 9 16 18
1990–91 Fort Wayne Komets IHL 63 40 43 83 24 1 3 0 3 0
1991–92 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 68 41 54 95 24 4 0 4 4 0
1992–93 San Diego Gulls IHL 65 34 46 80 18 11 5 6 11 4
1993–94 San Diego Gulls IHL 72 24 24 48 32 4 1 1 2 8
NHL totals 814 282 349 631 263 37 9 18 27 2
AHL totals 71 42 55 97 24 4 0 4 4 0
IHL totals 200 98 113 211 74 16 9 7 16 12

International PlayEdit

John played for Canada at the 1977 IIHF World U-20 Championship.

NHL Coaching RecordEdit

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
ATL2008–09 8235416764th in SoutheastMissed playoffs
ATL2009–10 82353413832nd in SoutheastMissed playoffs
Total 164707519
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