|Born||March 28, 1957 (1957-03-28) (age 53),
Toronto, ON, CAN
|5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL)
|NHL Draft||11th overall, 1977
Toronto Maple Leafs
|WHA Draft||14th overall, 1977
John Murray Anderson (born March 28, 1957 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian retired ice hockey right winger and the former head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League. He played 12 seasons in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Quebec Nordiques and Hartford Whalers. He joined the Thrashers on June 20, 2008 after 11 seasons coaching the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
Anderson was drafted in the 1st round, 11th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1977 NHL Entry Draft. He 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. Anderson was the captain of his junior team the Toronto Marlboros.
John Anderson 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. John also led the Wolves to the Turner Cup/Calder Cup four times in the past eight seasons. His team was crowned league champions in 1997–98, 1999–00, 2001–02 and 2007-08.
Anderson also helped establish "John Anderson's", a diner best known for its "Banquet Burger", as well as its $4 breakfast special. The original restaurant is located south of Yonge & Finch streets in Toronto, Ontario. There is another location at the corner of Dundas and Erindale Station Road in Mississauga, Ontario. The key items offered at the Mississauga location are the "Big Puck Burger" and "John's New Specialty", which is souvlaki on a sesame-seed bun. The original restaurant at Yonge & Finch has been moved to the southeast corner of Yonge and Hendon.
Anderson coached the American gold medal winning team in the 2007 Jewish World Cup hockey tournament in Israel.
On June 20, 2008, Anderson was named as the fourth head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers.
On October 10, 2008, Anderson won his first game as an NHL coach 7-4 against his good friend Bruce Boudreau's Washington Capitals.
On April 14, 2010, Anderson was released as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers after 2 seasons with the organization.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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 coaching statisticsEdit
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|ATL||2008–09||82||35||41||6||76||4th in Southeast||Missed playoffs|
|ATL||2009–10||82||35||34||13||83||2nd in Southeast||Missed playoffs|
Anderson played for Canada at the 1977 IIHF World U-20 Championship.