Russ Anderson

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Russ Anderson
Born (1955-02-12) February 12, 1955 (age 60)
Minneapolis, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Hartford Whalers
Los Angeles Kings
NHL Draft 31st overall, 1975
Pittsburgh Penguins
WHA Draft 22nd overall, 1975
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1976–1985

Russell Vincent Anderson (born February 12, 1955) is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman who played 519 games in the National Hockey League between 1976 and 1985. Anderson was a member of the United States National team at the 1977 Ice Hockey World Championships.

Early life[edit]

He played high school hockey for Minneapolis Washburn High School where he was also a standout football player. After getting a scholarship to play college football for the University of Minnesota Anderson found himself injured with a torn Achilles tendon. Thinking his athletic career was over, Herb Brooks came to the training room and told Anderson to try out for the Gopher hockey team. Russ Anderson made the team and ended up winning a NCAA Championship in 1976.

Playing career[edit]

Russ Anderson, nicknamed "Andy" played hockey in the NHL from 1976 until 1985. He played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, and Los Angeles Kings. He was also a member of the United States National team at the 1977 Ice Hockey World Championships.

Personal life[edit]

In May 1978, Anderson married Miss America 1977 Dorothy Benham. The couple have four children together; Adam, Russ, Ben, and Mia. Anderson and Benham were married for several years before divorcing. He now is remarried to Diane Anderson and they reside in Connecticut.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1976–77 Hershey Bears AHL 11 0 4 4 35
1976–77 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 66 2 11 13 81 3 0 1 1 14
1977–78 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 74 2 16 18 150
1978–79 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 72 3 13 16 93 2 0 0 0 0
1979–80 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 76 5 22 27 150 5 0 2 2 14
1980–81 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 34 3 14 17 112
1981–82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 31 0 1 1 98
1981–82 Hartford Whalers NHL 25 1 3 4 85
1982–83 Hartford Whalers NHL 57 0 6 6 171
1983–84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 5 12 17 126
1984–85 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 6 0 2 2 2
1984–85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 14 1 1 2 20
NHL Totals 519 22 99 121 1086 10 0 3 3 28
Preceded by
Dave Keon
Hartford Whalers captain
1982–83
Succeeded by
Mark Johnson

Transactions[edit]

  • On September 2, 1983 the Los Angeles Kings signed free agent Russ Anderson to a multi-year contract.

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