Craig Anderson (ice hockey)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Craig Anderson
Craig Anderson 2013-05-24.JPG
Anderson playing for the Ottawa Senators in the 2013 playoffs.
Born (1981-05-21) May 21, 1981 (age 33)
Park Ridge, IL, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Ottawa Senators
Chicago Blackhawks
Florida Panthers
Colorado Avalanche
National team  United States
NHL Draft 77th overall, 1999
Calgary Flames
73rd overall, 2001
Chicago Blackhawks
Playing career 2001–present

Craig Peter Anderson (born May 21, 1981) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Ottawa Senators of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. He has also represented the United States internationally.

Playing career[edit]

Guelph Storm[edit]

Anderson finished the 1998–99 season with the Guelph Storm of the OHL, where he served as a backup to Chris Madden. In 21 games with the Storm, Anderson went 12–5–1 with a 3.10 GAA, helping the Storm reach the playoffs. In three playoff games for Guelph, Anderson went 0–2 with a 4.74 GAA. After the season, Anderson was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the third round, 77th overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

He returned to the Storm for the 1999–2000 season, where he split the goaltending duties with Madden once again. In 38 games, Anderson had a 12–17–5 record with a 3.59 GAA. The Storm reached the playoffs, and in three games, Anderson went 0–1 with a 2.73 GAA and a .931 save percentage.

In 2000–01, Anderson became the starter for the Storm, as he appeared in 59 games, earning a record of 30–19–9 with a 2.63 GAA along with a .918 save percentage to win the OHL Goaltender of the Year award.[1] In the playoffs, Anderson and the Storm struggled, as he went 0–4 with 4.25 GAA as Guelph was swept in the first round. Anderson then re-entered the NHL Entry Draft for 2001, as he failed to sign a contract with the Calgary Flames, who drafted him in 1999. The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Anderson in the third round, 73rd overall.

Chicago Blackhawks[edit]

The Chicago Blackhawks assigned Anderson to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL for the 2001–02, where he served as a backup to Michael Leighton. In 28 games with the Admirals, Anderson went 9–13–4 with a 2.86 GAA. He then played in a playoff game for the team, going 0–1 with a 2.86 GAA and .938 save percentage in 21 minutes of work.

Anderson spent the majority of the 2002–03 season with the Admirals, going 15–11–4 with a 1.94 GAA in 32 games with Norfolk. In the playoffs, he went 2–3 with a 2.61 GAA in five games. Anderson also made his NHL debut in 2002–03 with the Chicago Blackhawks. In his first NHL game on November 30, 2002, Anderson stopped all four shots he faced after replacing Jocelyn Thibault in the second period in a 4–1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Anderson then started his first NHL game the next night, on December 1, 2002 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, where he made 23 saves in a 3–2 loss. Anderson finished the year 0–3–2 with the Blackhawks with a 4.00 GAA in six games with Chicago.

Anderson again split the 2003–04 season between the Admirals and Blackhawks. In 37 games with Norfolk, Anderson had a 17–20–0 record with a 2.11 GAA, followed by a 2–3 record and a 1.83 GAA in the playoffs. With the Blackhawks in 2003–04, Anderson went 6–14–0 with a 2.84 GAA in 21 games. After losing his first eight decisions with the team, Anderson won his first NHL game, and earned his first NHL shutout, as he made 30 saves in a 7–0 Blackhawks victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 22, 2004.

With the 2004-05 NHL lockout cancelling the season, Anderson spent the entire season with Norfolk, however, injuries limited Anderson to only 15 games, where he had a 9–4–1 record and a 1.83 GAA for the Admirals. In six playoff games, Anderson was 2–4 with a 2.36 GAA.

Anderson spent the entire 2005–06 in the NHL, however, he found himself claimed on the waiver wire three times. On January 19, 2006, the Boston Bruins claimed Anderson from the Blackhawks, then on January 31, 2006, the St. Louis Blues claimed Anderson from the Bruins. Four days later, on February 3, 2006, the Blackhawks claimed Anderson from the Blues. Despite all the movement, Anderson did not appear in any games with the Bruins or Blues. In 29 games with the Blackhawks as the primary backup to Nikolai Khabibulin, Anderson went 6–12–4 with a 3.32 GAA. On June 24, 2006, the Blackhawks traded Anderson to the Florida Panthers for the Panthers sixth round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Florida Panthers[edit]

Anderson during his time with the Panthers.

Anderson spent most of the 2006–07 season with the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. In 34 games with Rochester, Anderson went 23–10–1 with a 2.56 GAA, then went 2–4 with a 2.87 GAA in six playoff games. Anderson also appeared in five NHL games with the Panthers in 2006–07, going 1–1–1 with a 2.21 GAA. He earned his first win as a Panther on March 28, 2007, as he made 33 saves in a 3–2 shootout victory over the Atlanta Thrashers.

In 2007–08, Anderson stayed with the Panthers for the entire season, as he was the backup goaltender to Tomas Vokoun. In 17 games, Anderson went 8–6–1 with a 2.25 GAA and a very impressive .935 save percentage. Anderson set an NHL record for the most saves in a shutout, as he stopped all 53 shots he faced in a 1–0 win over the New York Islanders on March 2, 2008. Anderson then had 40 saves in his next game, also a shutout victory, as Florida defeated the Boston Bruins 1–0 in overtime on March 4, 2008. That also set an NHL record for most saves in consecutive shutouts, with 93. However, Anderson's record of 53 saves in a single shutout was broken when Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes made a 54-save shutout against the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2012.

Anderson was the backup once again to Vokoun in 2008–09, however, he appeared in 31 games due to an injury Vokoun suffered during the season. Anderson went 15–7–5 with a 2.71 GAA, as Florida narrowly missed the playoffs. After the season, Anderson became a free agent, and on July 1, 2009, he signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.[2]

Colorado Avalanche[edit]

Anderson joined the Colorado Avalanche for the 2009–10 season, and won the starting job from Peter Budaj in training camp. In his first season with the Avalanche, Anderson went 38–25–7 with a 2.64 GAA, .917 save percentage, and seven shutouts, helping the team make a surprising run into the playoffs. He won his first game with the Avalanche in his first start, a 5–2 Avalanche victory over the San Jose Sharks on October 1, 2009. In his next start, Anderson recorded his first shutout with the team, stopping all 35 shots in a 3–0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on October 3, 2009. Anderson became the fourth goaltender in team history to win 30 or more games, joining Patrick Roy, David Aebischer and Peter Budaj. He set the team record for consecutive starts to begin the season, as he started the first 15 games. He led the NHL in saves with 2047, and shots against with 2233.

Anderson during his tenure with the Colorado Avalanche.

Anderson made his NHL playoff debut on April 14, 2010, as he made 25 saves in a 2–1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Four nights later, Anderson recorded his first ever post-season shutout, as he stopped all 51 shots fired at him, as Colorado won the game 1–0 in overtime. The Sharks would eventually defeat the Avalanche in six games, as Anderson had a 2–4 record with a 2.62 GAA and a .933 save percentage.

He struggled to begin the 2010–11 season with the Avalanche, and eventually lost his starting job to Peter Budaj. With Colorado quickly falling out of the playoff race, and Anderson struggling with a 13–15–3 record and a 3.28 GAA, the club traded him to the Ottawa Senators for Brian Elliott on February 18, 2011.

Ottawa Senators[edit]

Anderson finished the 2010–11 season with the Ottawa Senators, as he went 11–5–1 in 18 games, earning a 2.05 GAA and a .939 save percentage. In his first game as a Senator, Anderson posted a 47-save performance to shut out the Toronto Maple Leafs on February 19, 2011. On March 21, 2011, Anderson signed a four-year contract extension with the club.[3]

During the 2011–12 season, Anderson was among the league leaders for wins with 29 in 56 games before being sidelined in mid-February by a right hand injury sustained in a cooking accident.[4] The Senators then acquired minor league goalie Ben Bishop from the St. Louis Blues near the trade deadline.[5] Later in the season, Anderson's Senators faced the Eastern Conference's top seeded New York Rangers and took the series to 7 games before losing 2–1 in the final game.[6]

The lockout-shortened 2012–13 season started off very well for Anderson. In his first ten games of the season he posted a record of 6–2–2 with a 1.49 GAA and .950 save percentage, earning consideration as an early Vezina Trophy favorite.[7] He was named the NHL's first star for the month of January (2013).[8] However, Anderson suffered a sprained right ankle in a game against the New York Rangers on February 21, 2013, when he was knocked down by Rangers forward Chris Kreider.[9]

On August 25, 2014, the Senators announced they had signed Anderson to a three-year, $12.6 million contract extension, starting in the 2015–2016 season.[10]

International career[edit]

Anderson played for the United States at the 2006 IIHF World Championship held in Riga, Latvia. In five games, Anderson went 3–2–0 with a 2.36 GAA, however, the USA finished in seventh place. Anderson once again represented the USA at the 2008 IIHF World Championship held in Quebec City, Quebec and Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he went 0–0–0 with a 5.63 GAA in two appearances as the USA finished in sixth place.

Personal life[edit]

Anderson graduated from Barrington High School in 1999.[11] He married his wife Nicholle in the summer of 2010. The couple have two sons; Jake, born in the summer of 2011, and Levi, born in February 2014.[12][13]

Anderson has instructed many goalie camps since being drafted in 2001. He currently instructs at Craig Anderson's Goalie School in Chicago during summers.[11]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Bolded numbers indicate season/playoff leader

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998–99 Guelph Storm OHL 21 12 5 1 1006 52 1 3.10 .903 3 0 2 114 9 0 4.74
1999–00 Guelph Storm OHL 38 12 17 2 1955 117 0 3.59 .903 3 0 2 114 9 0 4.73 .875
2000–01 Guelph Storm OHL 59 30 19 9 3555 156 3 2.63 .918 4 0 4 240 17 0 4.25 .869
2001–02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 28 9 13 4 1568 77 2 2.95 .886 1 0 1 21 1 0 2.85 .938
2002–03 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 6 0 3 2 270 18 0 4.00 .856
2002–03 Norfolk Admirals AHL 32 15 11 5 1795 58 4 1.94 .923 5 2 3 344 15 0 2.62 .920
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 37 17 20 0 2108 74 3 2.11 .914 5 2 3 327 10 0 1.83 .934
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 21 6 14 0 1205 57 1 2.84 .905
2004–05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 15 9 4 1 886 27 2 1.83 .929 6 2 4 356 14 0 2.35 .925
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 29 6 12 4 1553 86 1 3.32 .886
2006–07 Rochester Americans AHL 34 23 10 1 2060 88 1 2.56 .919 6 2 4 376 18 0 2.87 .909
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 5 1 1 1 217 8 0 2.21 .931
2007–08 Florida Panthers NHL 17 8 6 1 935 35 2 2.24 .935
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 31 15 7 5 1636 74 3 2.71 .924
2009–10 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 38 25 7 4235 186 7 2.63 .917 6 2 4 366 16 1 2.62 .933
2010–11 Colorado Avalanche NHL 33 13 15 3 1810 99 0 3.28 .897
2010–11 Ottawa Senators NHL 18 11 5 1 1055 36 2 2.05 .939
2011–12 Ottawa Senators NHL 63 33 22 6 3492 165 3 2.84 .914 7 3 4 419 14 1 2.00 .933
2012–13 Ottawa Senators NHL 24 12 9 2 1421 40 3 1.69 .941 10 5 4 578 29 0 3.01 .918
2013–14 Ottawa Senators NHL 53 25 16 8 3000 150 4 3.00 .911
NHL totals 371 168 135 38 20,830 954 26 2.75 .915 23 10 12 1363 59 2 2.60 .926

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006 United States WC 5 3 2 0 280 11 1 2.36 .908
2008[14] United States WC 2 1 1 0 64 6 0 5.61 .714
Senior int'l totals 7 4 3 0 344 17 1 2.97

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Craig Anderson player profile". The Sports Network. 2014-11-04. Archived from the original on 2011-06-19. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  2. ^ Dater, Adrian (2009-07-02). "Avs' new goaltender up for No. 1 task". Denver Post. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  3. ^ "Bulletin: Senators sign goaltender Craig Anderson to a 4-year contract extension" (Press release). Ottawa Senators. March 21, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Senators' Anderson out indefinitely after cutting hand". CBC.ca. The Canadian Press. February 23, 2012. Archived from the original on November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Senators Acquire G Bishop from Blues for Second-Round Pick". TSN. February 26, 2012. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Leahy, Sean (April 26, 2012). "Senators’ upset bid ends in Game 7 loss to Rangers; the end for Alfredsson, too?". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ Lozo, Dave (2013-02-25). "Anderson leads Crawford, Rinne in early Vezina race". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-02-28. 
  8. ^ "Anderson, Marleau and Vanek named NHL's three stars for month of January". National Hockey League. 2013-02-01. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  9. ^ "Senators edge Rangers in SO, lose Craig Anderson". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  10. ^ Canadian, Press (August 25, 2014). "Senators extend veteran goaltender Craig Anderson for three years". Globe and Mail. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "CRAIG ANDERSON´S GOALIE SCHOOL". johnnysicehouse.com. March 2, 2013. Retrieved March 13, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Pregnant wife on Anderson's mind". Toronto Sun. 2011-03-30. Retrieved 2011-03-30. 
  13. ^ "Senators looking forward to outdoor game". 2014-02-28. Retrieved 2014-04-23. 
  14. ^ "Goalkeepers (SVS%)". IIHF.com. Retrieved 2008-10-31. 

External links[edit]