Chris Sanderson

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Chris Sanderson
BornOrangeville, Ontario
Died(2012-06-28)June 28, 2012 (aged 38)
Princeton, New Jersey
NLL draft4th overall, 1998
Baltimore Thunder
NLL teamsNew Jersey Storm
Philadelphia Wings
Baltimore Thunder
MLL teamToronto Nationals
Pro career19992003

Chris Sanderson was a lacrosse coach and member of the Canadian team defending their world championship.. Sanderson was an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League from 2005 to 2007 season. Sanderson played for parts of five seasons as a goaltender.

Chris was a member of the Sanderson family of Orangeville, Ontario. He was the cousin of current NLL players Josh and Phil, as well as former NLL player Nate, and was the nephew of both former Wings GM Lindsay Sanderson and Toronto GM Terry Sanderson. Lastly, but definitely not least, he was the son of multiple Mann Cup championships winner and hall of fame inductee, Bill Gerrie. He played for multiple MSL teams such as Six Nations, and Brampton Excelsiors, as well as the NLL team Buffalo Bandits.[1][2]

Sanderson led the University of Virginia Cavaliers to two NCAA Final Fours. He has played in four world championships with the Canadian National Team, and has coached the U-19 Canadian team to a world championship. He also taught at the Pennington School in Pennington, NJ, and owned a lacrosse company and club team known as True North Lacrosse Company.[3]

He was originally diagnosed with a grade IV malignant brain tumor called Glioblastoma Multiforme in December, 2008. The 2006 ILF gold medalist fought back, miraculously representing Canada at the 2010 FIL World Championships in England, helping the Canadians to a silver medal.[4] Sanderson was named to the All-World Team at the goaltender position in the 2010 FIL WC.[5]

Sanderson lost his battle with brain cancer on June 28, 2012 at the age of 38.[6]



    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team GP Min GA Sv GAA Sv % GP Min GA Sv GAA Sv %
1999 Baltimore 12 663 156 388 14.12 71.32% 1 21 8 11 22.86 57.89%
2001 Philadelphia 6 94 28 55 17.80 66.27% -- -- -- -- -- --
2002 Philadelphia 16 346 92 223 15.93 70.79% 1 0 0 0 0.00 0.00%
2003 New Jersey 5 44 9 24 12.26 72.73% -- -- -- -- -- --
NLL Totals 39 1,148 285 690 14.90 70.77% 2 21 8 11 22.86 57.89%


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  3. ^ "NLL: Chris Sanderson Joins Wings Coaching Staff". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-01-21.
  4. ^ "NLL: Chris Sanderson Passes Away". Archived from the original on 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-07-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "NLL: Chris Sanderson Passes Away". Archived from the original on 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2012-06-28.

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