HOCKEY OPERATIONSJohn Anderson
John Anderson enters his second season as the Coyotes Assistant Coach after joining the club on July 12, 2011.
Anderson joined the Coyotes from Atlanta where he spent 13 seasons as a coach with the Thrashers organization. On June 20, 2008, Anderson was named the fourth head coach of the Thrashers. In two seasons, 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.
He also represented Canada at the IIHF World Championship in 1983 and 1985, recording seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 15 games over the two tournaments, while earning a bronze medal and silver medal, respectively. In addition, Anderson competed at the IIHF World Junior Championship in 1977, amassing 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in seven games, helping Canada to a silver medal.
During his four-year junior career, Anderson competed for the Toronto Marlboros and tallied 327 points (154 goals and 173 assists) in 211 games from 1973-77. He led his team to the Memorial Cup Championship in 1974-75 with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four games.
Anderson and his wife Karen have three children: Jacob, Spencer and Hannah.