Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Earl Anderson
A fan favourite at the Boston Garden and one of coach Don Cherry's most admired players, Anderson's brief career with the Bruins was haltingly positive before injuries got the better of him.

Anderson was drafted by Detroit in 1971 during his collegiate career at the University of North Dakota, and after graduating in 1973 he represented the U.S. at the 1973 World Championships (the country was in B pool at the time) and then joined the London Lions, Detroit's unique European farm team that played out of Wembley Arena in England.

He played the first part of 1974-75 with Detroit, but after an unimpressive start was acquired by Boston from Detroit with Hank Nowak for Walt McKechnie and a draft choice. But the following season was almost a total write-off for Anderson. After just five games, the pain from calcium deposits in his left thigh was too great to play, and he missed the rest of the season. After an operation and extensive rehab he returned to Boston for 1976-77, but spent half a season and all of 1977-78 in the minors before retiring.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Roseau Rams High-MN
1969-70 University of North Dakota WCHA 30 17 7 24
1970-71 University of North Dakota WCHA 32 12 17 29 22
1971-72 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 23 22 45 24
1972-73 University of North Dakota WCHA 36 17 30 47 12
1972-73 United States WEC-B 7 8 4 12
1973-74 London Lions Britain 70 62 48 110 41
1974-75 Detroit Red Wings NHL 45 7 3 10 12 -11
1974-75 Virginia Wings AHL 4 0 3 3 2
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 19 2 4 6 4 +5 3 0 1 1 0
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 1 1 2 -2
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 40 10 11 21 4 +4 2 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Rochester Americans AHL 32 19 14 33 16
1977-78 Rochester Americans AHL 72 26 40 66 22 6 1 2 3 2
NHL Totals 109 19 19 38 22 5 0 1 1 0


Traded to Boston by Detroit with Hank Nowak for Walt McKechnie and Boston's 3rd round pick (Clarke Hamilton) in 1975 Amateur Draft, February 18, 1975
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