The Chicago Wolves announced Monday they have named five-time league champion and Wolves all-time winningest head coach JOHN ANDERSON as the team’s new bench boss.
The Wolves will host a press conference to introduce JOHN ANDERSON at 11 a.m. at Harry Caray’s Restaurant, 33 W. Kinzie in Chicago, on Tuesday, July 16. The team will also livestream the press conference on youtube.com/chicagowolveshockey.
ANDERSON returns to the Wolves with four years of National Hockey League experience, which includes two years as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers from 2008-10. He most recently served as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes from 2011-13.
“Johnny’s record speaks for itself. Six Finals appearances in 11 years in a pretty good success rate,” said Wolves general manager WENDELL YOUNG. “The Wolves have not had the type of success we have grown accustomed to since he left. We didn’t realize that so much of our winning tradition was based around Johnny.”
The 56-year-old ANDERSON captured four league titles in 11 years as the bench boss of the Wolves, which included the 2002 and 2008 Calder Cup Championships. He also guided Chicago to the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup in 1998 and 2000. The Toronto native returns as the winningest coach in Wolves history, after amassing 506 victories in 808 regular-season contests and 105 postseason wins during his first stint with the franchise from 1997-2008.
ANDERSON racked up a 506-283-24-28-47 (.688) regular-season record and led Chicago to 10 postseason berths in his 11 seasons behind the bench. Under his leadership, the Wolves established numerous team records, including 55 wins (1997-98), 114 points (1999-2000), 331 goals (2006-07), and 112 power-play goals (2006-07). The year before he joined the Wolves, he captured the 1997 Colonial Cup as head coach of the Quad City Mallards of the Colonial Hockey League.
The Toronto Maple Leafs first pick (11th overall) in the 1977 amateur draft, ANDERSON played 12 seasons in the NHL with the Maple Leafs (1977-85), Quebec Nordiques (1985-86), and Hartford Whalers (1986-89). He collected 282 goals, 349 assists, and 631 points in 814 career NHL games.
DAVE ALLISON and SCOTT ALLEN will join ANDERSON’s staff as assistant coaches. ALLISON served as the Peoria Rivermen’s head coach last year, while ALLEN was his lone assistant.