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Getting To Know: Mikey Anderson

A deeper dive into the Kings standout defenseman

by Jack Jablonski @Jabs_13 / LAKings.com

Hailing from the "State of Hockey," Mikey Anderson, the Minnesota native and his journey to the NHL should be no surprise given his history of success. 

Wherever Mikey Anderson has played, "W's" have followed. Starting in high school, Anderson manned the blue line for two years at Hill Murray, one of Minnesota's elite programs. After making the varsity team as a freshman, Anderson recorded six points in 25 games alongside his older brother, Joey who led the team in points. The following year, Anderson returned to the Hill Murray Pioneers without the big brother and led them to the coveted Minnesota State High School Tournament appearance in front of 18,000 plus fans. 

Tweet from @Romuald_Images: Gameday Image: Joey and Mikey Anderson of Hill-Murray pic.twitter.com/1LYWsQvcQD

Anderson left Minnesota following his sophomore season and joined the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) where the individual and team success continued. During Anderson's two-year stint in Waterloo, the sure-handed left-handed D-man recorded 50 points (6-44=50) in 107 games and reached the Western Conference Finals both years. 

The success would continue at Anderson's next stop when he came back to Minnesota for college and reunited with his brother at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Again, as a freshman and alongside the big bro, Anderson won the National Championship. The winning did not stop there. As a sophomore, Anderson and Minnesota-Duluth repeated as National Champions where the defenseman tallied two assists in a 3-0 win over Cale Makar and the University of Massachusetts. In his two years at UMD, Anderson recorded 50 points (11-39=50) in 79 games.

Tweet from @duluthnews: Former Bulldog Mikey Anderson to make NHL debut Saturday against older brother, Joey https://t.co/1yhU0RFvH2 pic.twitter.com/8fb1N4A71J

Nationally, Anderson's talents did not go unnoticed. The Fridley, Minnesota native was recognized and selected to both the 2018 and 2019 Team USA World Junior Championships roster. In those two appearances, Anderson took home a silver and bronze medal. Notably, Anderson was also named the Caption of the 2019 Team USA roster in route to their silver medal. 

After just 53 games with the Ontario Reign last season, Anderson was called up to the Kings. On February 29, 2020, in what will be a night never forgotten in the Anderson household, Mikey Anderson made his NHL debut against the New Jersey Devils and his brother, Joey, a 2016 third-round draft pick (NJD). Mikey recorded one shot and logged 18:59 of ice time in his NHL debut. Most importantly, Mikey got last laugh against the big bro as the Kings defeated the Devils 2-1 in overtime. 

Tweet from @darrenrovell: Last night, Mikey Anderson made his NHL debut with the @LAKings. On the opposing @NJDevils team? His brother Joey (📷 via @ciampa) pic.twitter.com/1Bg9Vd0cXK

Currently, Anderson is paired with Drew Doughty and ranks third on the team in TOI, averaging 21:07 minutes/game. Anderson has recorded two assists in 11 games. 

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