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John Murray Anderson (born March 28, 1957 in Toronto, Ontariomarker) is a Canadianmarker retired ice hockey right winger and the current 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.

Playing career

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 1977โ€“78 until 1988โ€“89. His best statistical season was the 1982โ€“83 season, when he set career highs with 49 assists and 80 points. Anderson was the captain of his junior team the Toronto Marlboros.

Post-playing career

John Anderson, the father of Craig 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 lead the Wolves to the Turner Cup/Calder Cup four times in the past eight seasons. His team was crowned league champions in 1997โ€“98, 1999โ€“00, 2001โ€“02 and 2007-08.

The Chicago Wolves are the AHL affiliate to the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers.

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.

Career statistics

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


NHL coaching statistics

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Division rank Result
ATL 2008โ€“09 82 35 41 6 76 4th in Southeast Missed playoffs


International play

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

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