Chicago Wolves head coach John Anderson achieved an impressive milestone on Sunday evening in the Wolves’ 2-1 victory over the Iowa Wild at Allstate Arena.
It was Anderson’s 400th regular-season win with the Wolves, becoming just the fifth head coach in American Hockey League history to reach that plateau following Bun Cook (636), Roy Sommer (622), Frank Mathers (610) and John Paddock (589).
Cook, Mathers and Paddock are members of the AHL Hall of Fame; Sommer is currently the head coach of the San Jose Barracuda.
Anderson, 58, is in his second stint with the Wolves and 14th season with the franchise overall. He rejoined the club in 2013 after four years in the NHL, including two as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers (2008-10) and two as an assistant with the Phoenix Coyotes (2011-13). With Chicago, Anderson has won four league championships — IHL Turner Cups in 1998 and 2000 and AHL Calder Cups in 2002 and 2008 — and has now won 600 regular-season games total, including 200 in the IHL. For his AHL career, Anderson owns a record of 400-276-50 (.585) in 10 seasons (2001-08, 2013- ).
Toronto’s first-round pick (11th overall) in the 1977 amateur draft, Anderson played 12 seasons in the National Hockey League with the Maple Leafs (1977-85), Quebec Nordiques (1985-86) and Hartford Whalers (1986-89). The Toronto native registered five 30-goal campaigns in the NHL, including four straight from 1981-85. With the American Hockey League’s New Haven Nighthawks in 1991-92, Anderson won the Les Cunningham Award as the league’s most valuable player, as well as the Fred T. Hunt Award for sportsmanship, determination and dedicatiobecame the oldest player to win the league’s Most Valuable Player award at age 35. That season, he notched 41 goals and 95 points in 68 games, while capturing the AHL’s Sportsmanship Award and earning a spot on the AHL First All-Star Team.