John Anderson is a man synonymous with the American Hockey League.
He’s spent ten of the last 14 years of his coaching career, holding the reins of the Chicago Wolves.
Anderson also coached the Wolves in the four seasons previous to the team joining the AHL.
They were successful times in the International Hockey League, notching 200 wins, winning two Turner Cup Championships and losing finalist in the last season before the league was no more.
During his time with the Chicago organisation, Anderson produced an overall record of 624-368-24-100 record (.615) during regular-season play, while the 424 wins earned in the AHL is the fifth highest by a coach in league history.
Anderson’s post season record is also impressive, going 110-69 (.615) through twelve playoff campaigns.
Chicago have twice won Calder Cup Championships (2002 and 2008) and were losing finalists in 2005.
The Toronto native has already had a brief taste of the NHL.
Two years as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashes followed by another two seasons as the assistant coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
His first NHL win would come on October 10, 2008 against the Washington Capitals.
In almost perfect symmetry, it was Bruce Boudreau who coached that Washington team and has now offered him his route back into the NHL.
At the age of 59, many thought Anderson’s chance of coaching in the big league may have passed him by, but it’s always handy to have friends in high places.
This will be the first time Boudreau (now with Minnesota Wild) and Anderson have coached together.
They’ve coached against each other on many occasions in the Colonial, American and International Leagues.
The two are long time friends, having known one another since the age of 18, and Anderson will be entrusted with running the Minnesota power play (ranked 15th in 2015/16).
The Chicago Wolves are left with the arduous task of filling the head coach void once again.
In the four year period that Anderson departed from the organisation, the Wolves went through a handful of coaches before rehiring the stalwart at the next opportunity.
It’ll be a brand new coaching staff required as Mark Hardy and Brad Tapper, who served as the team’s assistants for the previous two seasons, have also opted for pastures new.