R. J. Anderson

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R. J. Anderson
Born (1986-07-16) July 16, 1986 (age 28)
Lino Lakes, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Defense
Shoots Right
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Springfield Falcons
Lake Erie Monsters
Binghamton Senators
Lillehammer IK
Malmö Redhawks
Vålerenga
NHL Draft 101st overall, 2004
Philadelphia Flyers
Playing career 2008–present

R.J Anderson (born July 16, 1986 in Lino Lakes, Minnesota) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman currently an Unrestricted Free Agent. He most recently played with Vålerenga of the Norwegian GET-ligaen.

Playing career[edit]

R.J. Anderson was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 4th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft as the 101st overall draft pick. He chose to go to college and in 2005 he enrolled at the University of Minnesota. In 2006, the Golden Gophers won the WCHA championship and made it to the NCAA Division I Playoffs, but lost in the first round to the Holy Cross Crusaders.[1] In 2007, they again won the WCHA championship and made it to the NCAA Division I Playoffs, but lost in the quarter-finals to North Dakota in overtime.[2] In 2008, they once again made it to the NCAA Division I playoffs, but lost in the first round to Boston College.[3]

As he finished college in April 2008 he was signed to a professional Tryout contract first with American Hockey League team, the Springfield Falcons, before finishing the season with the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL.

In his first full professional season in 2009–10, Anderson re-signed with Johnstown and scored 19 points in 27 games, before he was traded in December 2009 to the Elmira Jackals for the remainder of the season.[4]

In the following 2010–11 season, Anderson re-signed with Elmira and on November 4, 2010 he was loaned to the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL on November 4, 2010.[5]

On May 27, 2011, he signed a contract with Lillehammer IK of the Norwegian GET-ligaen, where he joined former Golden Gophers Gino Guyer, Justin Bostrom and Kevin Wehrs.[6] In the 2011–12 season, Anderson led the league amongst defenseman scoring 53 points in 45 games, vastly improving Lillehammer's power play.

On July 9, 2012, he signed a one-year contract with the Malmö Redhawks of the Swedish second-tier league HockeyAllsvenskan (Swe.1).[7] In 29 games during the 2012–13 season for Malmö he scored 5 goals and 10 points before he was mutually released to return to his previous success in the GET-ligaen in signing with Vålerenga Ishockey for the remainder of the season on December 13, 2012.[8]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2005–06 University of Minnesota WCHA 37 0 4 4 32
2006–07 University of Minnesota WCHA 32 0 6 6 20
2007–08 University of Minnesota WCHA 45 5 7 12 28
2008–09 University of Minnesota WCHA 37 0 4 4 24
2008–09 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 3 0 0 0 6
2008–09 Springfield Falcons AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 27 5 14 19 10
2009–10 Elmira Jackals ECHL 38 7 17 24 22 5 0 2 2 0
2010–11 Elmira Jackals ECHL 60 7 32 39 40 4 0 2 2 2
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 4 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Binghamton Senators AHL 5 1 1 2 0
2011–12 Lillehammer IK GET 45 19 34 53 62 11 2 12 14 10
2012–13 Malmö Redhawks Swe.1 29 5 5 10 10
2012–13 Vålerenga GET 21 2 8 10 54 15 1 14 15 11
ECHL totals 128 19 63 82 78 9 0 4 4 2
AHL totals 11 1 2 3 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2006 NCAA Hockey Playoffs". insidecollegehockey.com. 2006-02-12. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  2. ^ "2007 NCAA Hockey Playoffs". insidecollegehockey.com. 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  3. ^ "2008 NCAA Hockey Playoffs". insidecollegehockey.com. 2008-02-12. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  4. ^ "ECHL Transactions". americanprohockey.com. 2009-12-29. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  5. ^ "ECHL Transactions 11-4-10". echl.com. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-11-12. 
  6. ^ "Lillehammer Ishockeyklubb". Lillehammer IK. 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-05-27. 
  7. ^ Martin, Nathalie (2012-07-09). "Amerikansk back klar" (in Swedish). Malmö Redhawks. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  8. ^ "R.J. Anderson from Malmo to Vålerenga" (in Norwegian). Vålerenga Ishockey. 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 

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