Tommy Anderson (ice hockey)

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Tommy Anderson
Born (1910-07-09)July 9, 1910
Edinburgh, Scotland, GBR
Died September 15, 1971(1971-09-15) (aged 61)
Sylvan Lake, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for NHL
 New York Americans
 Detroit Red Wings
IHL
 Cleveland Falcons
 Detroit Olympics
AHL
 Providence Reds
CAHL
 Philadelphia Arrows
PCHL
 Hollywood Wolves
WCSHL
 Calgary Stampeders
Playing career 1930–1951

Thomas Linton "Tom, Cowboy" Anderson (July 9, 1910 – September 15, 1971) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who played 8 seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings and the New York/Brooklyn Americans. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised in Drumheller, Alberta and spent his final years in Sylvan Lake, Alberta. He was one of three children of Alexander Robert Thomas Anderson and Margaret Jane Anderson.

Playing career[edit]

Anderson played in the National Hockey League from 1934 to 1942. He played his first season for the Detroit Red Wings and his last seven for the New York/Brooklyn Americans.

For the 1941-42 season, Anderson switched positions from left wing to defence. The Americans finished last in the NHL, but Anderson had 41 points to set the league record for a defenceman. He also won the 1942 Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, becoming the first player to win the award while on a team that missed the playoffs. That was Anderson's last season in the NHL.[1]

He was the last Hart Trophy winner to play for a non-Original Six team until 1973, when Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers won the award. Anderson is one of the three (alongside Al Rollins and Eric Lindros) to win the Hart memorial trophy and not get selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1930–31 Philadelphia Arrows CAHL 38 7 8 15 89
1931–32 Philadelphia Arrows CAHL 26 5 6 11 36
1932–33 Philadelphia Arrows CAHL 45 11 24 35 49
1933–34 Philadelphia Arrows CAHL ? 20 25 45 46
1934–35 Detroit Olympics IHL ? 5 8 13 14
1934–35 Detroit Red Wings NHL 27 5 2 7 16
1935–36 Cleveland Falcons IHL ? 3 3 6 49
1935–36 New York Americans NHL 24 3 2 5 20 5 0 0 0 6
1936–37 New York Americans NHL 45 10 15 25 24
1937–38 New York Americans NHL 45 4 21 25 22 6 1 4 5 2
1938–39 New York Americans NHL 47 13 27 40 14 2 0 0 0 0
1939–40 New York Americans NHL 48 12 19 31 22 3 1 3 4 0
1940–41 New York Americans NHL 35 3 12 15 8
1941–42 Brooklyn Americans NHL 48 12 29 41 64
1945–46 Providence Reds AHL 47 3 17 20 12
1946–47 Hollywood Wolves PCHL 60 9 22 31 42
1950–51 Calgary Stampeders WCSHL ? 25 37 62 28
NHL totals 319 62 127 189 190 16 2 7 9 8

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duff, Bob and Shea, Kevin (2011). Hockey Hall of Fame MVP Trophies & Winners. Firefly Books Ltd. p. 65.

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Preceded by
Charlie Conacher
Brooklyn Americans captain
1941–42
Succeeded by
Position abolished
Preceded by
Bill Cowley
Winner of the Hart Trophy
1942
Succeeded by
Bill Cowley