SUNRISE – In the next edition of FOX Sports Florida’s Inside the Panthers, Cats fans will learn all about the Panthers’ talented goalie Craig Anderson. Hosted by Craig Minervini and produced by Frank Forte, INSIDE THE PANTHERS: CRAIG ANDERSON premieres on FOX Sports Florida Saturday, February 21, at 10pm, immediately following the Boston Bruins at Panthers game telecast.
Born in Park Ridge, Illinois and raised in the Chicago-area suburbs, Anderson began playing goalie when he was only seven. He progressed through the youth hockey ranks and eventually left home during his senior year of high school to join the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Anderson was drafted in the third round of the 1999 NHL draft by Calgary, but never came to contract terms with the Flames. He entered the draft in 2001, which was held at the BankAtlantic center in Sunrise, and was drafted by his hometown Chicago Blackhawks in the third round. He made his NHL debut in November 2002 with the Hawks and joined the Florida Panthers in a trade over the summer of 2006. Last season he set NHL records for most saves in a shutout (53) and most saves in back-to-back shutouts (93).
Inside the Panthers talks with Craig's parents Richard and Holly, his brother Jonathan, who in some ways started his younger brother’s career path by using him for target practice by shooting tennis balls at him in front of the family garage. Also interviewed are Darren McClusky, a former youth hockey coach and Trent Yawney, his American Hockey League coach in Norfolk.
The show will also focus on the Andersons' love of auto racing, in particular, Chevrolet Corvettes. His father Richard is a former professional race car driver and appeared in the Miami Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. The Andersons still own several race cars and helps his dad work on the vehicles during the off-season.
Multiple replays of this show are scheduled throughout the 2008-09 NHL season, check fsfloridatv.com
for additional airdates/times.