Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Anderson
At 16, he was playing with the Toronto Marlies, and two years later he was the team captain. But on the day he turned 18, he became part of the controversy that was the standard players contract for the OHA.

With the arrival of the WHA in 1972 as a new professional league, teenagers could now sign a contract at age 18, though the NHL didn't draft players until 20. Anderson, like teammate John Tonelli the previous week in March 1975, retired from the OHA rather than risk continuing his amateur career under the OHA's contract which bound a player to that amateur team. However, Anderson didn't receive an offer from the WHA immediately and returned to the Marlies and lead them to the Memorial Cup.

Drafted 11th overall by his dream team Leafs, he matured slowly. But by his third year he was a star of the new Kid Line featuring Laurie Boschman and Rocky Saganiuk, though the next year, 1980-81, he called them the Skid Line for their poor season. Later in his Leaf career he played with Bill Derlago and Rick Vaive, again the team's top line, but after four consecutive 30-goal seasons he felt it was time to move on.

A trade sent him to Quebec and another to Hartford, and he spent the last five years of his playing life in the minors, the last two as player/assistant coach for the San Diego Gulls. In 1995, he became head coach of Winston-Salem in the Southern Hockey League, and a year later he coached the Quad City Mallards of the Colonial League to a championship. After one season in Quad City, Anderson became the head coach of the Chicago Wolves in 1997-98 and went on to jlead the Wolves to the Turner Cup title and two years later the franchises first Calder Cup.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1972-73 Markham Waxers ON-Jr.B
1973-74 Toronto Marlboros OHA-Jr. 38 22 22 44 6
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 70 49 64 113 31 22 16 14 30 14
1974-75 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 4 4 6 10 2
1975-76 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 39 26 25 51 19 10 7 4 11 7
1976-77 Toronto Marlboros OMJHL 64 57 62 119 42 6 3 5 8 0
1976-77 Canada WJC-A 7 10 5 15 6
1977-78 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 17 1 2 3 2 +1 2 0 0 0 0
1977-78 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 55 22 23 45 6 13 11 8 19 2
1978-79 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 71 15 11 26 10 +2 6 0 2 2 0
1979-80 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 74 25 28 53 22 +5 3 1 1 2 0
1980-81 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 17 26 43 31 -11 2 0 0 0 0
1981-82 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 69 31 26 57 30 +8
1982-83 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 80 31 49 80 24 -6 4 2 4 6 0
1982-83 Canada WEC-A 6 2 2 4 6
1983-84 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 37 31 68 22 -12
1984-85 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 75 32 31 63 27 -20
1984-85 Canada WEC-A 9 5 2 7 18
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 65 21 28 49 26 -1
1985-86 Hartford Whalers NHL 14 8 17 25 2 +18 10 5 8 13 0
1986-87 Hartford Whalers NHL 76 31 44 75 19 +11 6 1 2 3 0
1987-88 Hartford Whalers NHL 63 17 32 49 20 -5
1988-89 Hartford Whalers NHL 62 16 24 40 28 +15 4 0 1 1 2
1989-90 Binghamton Whalers AHL 3 1 1 2 0
1989-90 HC Milano Saima Italy 9 7 9 16 18
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 Totals 814 282 349 631 263 37 9 18 27 2


Memorial Cup All-Star Team (1975)
OMJHL First All-Star Team (1977)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1978)
Max McNab Trophy (Playoff MVP - CHL) (1978)
AHL First All-Star Team (1992)
Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (Sportsmanship - AHL) (1992)
Les Cunningham Award (MVP - AHL) (1992)
Traded to Quebec by Toronto for Brad Maxwell, August 21, 1985. Traded to Hartford by Quebec for Risto Siltanen, March 8, 1986.