The AHL’s Chicago Wolves were dealt a big blow earlier this spring, when long-time head coach John Anderson announced he would be stepping away from the club for the upcoming season.
Now, his reasoning for leaving has become clear – the Minnesota Wild have brought him into their fold for the 2016-17 campaign as one of the team’s new assistant coaches.
Anderson will step behind the bench for the Wild alongside fellow assistant coach Scott Stevens and head coach Bruce Boudreau as yet another huge name being added to the staff. A native of Toronto, Ontario, the 59-year-0ld coach spent over 800 games playing in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Hartford Whalers, and Quebec Nordiques – then went on to become one of the longest-tenured AHL head coaches in the modern era. He’s stood behind the bench for the minor league club for 14 of the team’s 22 seasons of existence, leaving during his nearly 20-year post for only a four year stint in the NHL as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers (from 2008-2010) and assistant coach of the then-Phoenix Coyotes (from 2011-2013).
While in charge of the Wolves, the team won four championships, making it to two AHL Calder Cup Finals beyond the four that they managed to win. Alongside Hall of Famer Stevens – whom the Wild added to their staff earlier in the week – there’s plenty of experience and esteem being brought behind the bench for the Central Division’s Wild for next year.