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John Anderson leaving AHL Chicago Wolves

11 February 2016: Chicago Wolves head coach John Anderson watches a replay on the video board during the second period of the AHL hockey game between the Chicago wolves and Lake Erie Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. Lake Erie defeated Chicago 5-0. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The AHL’s Chicago Wolves have been led by head coach John Anderson on and off for nearly the last 20 years; the only times the club has been without Anderson as bench boss have been during his two seasons as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers (from 2008-2010) and during his time as assistant coach of the then-Phoenix Coyotes (from 2011-2013).

Now, though, they’re losing him again.

Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune confirmed that the Wolves (who serve as the AHL affiliate to the St. Louis Blues) and Anderson will be parting ways this summer, coming off a regular season run that saw the team go 33-35-8.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Anderson played 814 career games in the NHL, spending most of his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs before making brief stints with the Quebec Nordiques, Hartford Whalers, and then numerous minor league franchises. He’s served as head coach for the Wolves for 14 of the team’s 22 seasons in existence, winning four championships in the process. Per the Tribune, via an official statement from the team:

“The Wolves organization will forever be indebted to John for all of the championships and wins,” Wolves chairman Don Levin said in a statement. “Right from his first year with the team, when we won our first championship, he set high standards and expectations for our players and his personality and coaching style made hockey fun for our fans. We will always consider him part of the Wolves family.”
The decision to part ways sounds mutual, although there was no confirmation as to whether the team chose to make the call to oust their long-time coach or if he has decided to pursue other opportunities.
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