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Coyotes Name Anderson Assistant Coach

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed John Anderson to a multi-year contract to serve as the team’s assistant coach. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have John join our coaching staff,” said Maloney. “John has experience as an NHL head coach in addition to having won several championships as a head coach in the American Hockey League. He sees the game from an offensive perspective and he will be counted on to help improve our offensive performance. Both he and Jim Playfair will be great additions to Dave Tippett’s staff.”

John Anderson spent 13 seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers organization. Photo by Getty Images.
Prior to joining the Coyotes, Anderson spent 13 seasons in the Atlanta Thrashers organization as a head coach. On June 20, 2008, Anderson was named the fourth head coach of the Thrashers. Over those two seasons (2008-10), he compiled a record of 70-75-19 and 159 points in the Southeast Division.

During his head coaching career, Anderson won five championships, most recently guiding the Chicago Wolves to the American Hockey League’s 2008 Calder Cup Championship. He spent 11 seasons with the Wolves, the Thrashers primary minor-league affiliate, earning a 506-283-99 regular-season record and a 105-60 postseason record. He guided the Wolves to the playoffs in 10 of his 11 seasons. During his tenure with Chicago, he led the team to two Calder Cups (2008, 2002) and two Turner Cups (2000, 1998) when the team was a member of the International Hockey League (IHL).

Before joining the Thrashers organization, Anderson spent the 1996-97 season as head coach of the Quad City Mallards of the Colonial Hockey League (CoHL), leading them to a 51-20-3 record and the Colonial Cup Championship. The previous season (1995-96), he began his coaching career with the Winston-Salem Mammoths (SHL), leading them to the Southern Hockey League finals and a 30-23-7 regular-season record.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Anderson played 17 seasons of professional hockey including 814 games in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs (1977-85), Quebec Nordiques (1985-86) and Hartford Whalers (1986-89) after being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round (11th overall) of the 1977 NHL Amateur Draft. He racked up five 30-goal campaigns in the NHL, including four straight from 1981-85. Overall, he amassed 282 goals and 631 points in the regular season, along with nine goals and 27 points in 37 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests.
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