ahlhof_anderson.jpgThe all-time leader in games, goals and points by an American Hockey League player in the city of Springfield, Jimmy Anderson spent all but a fraction of his 16-year AHL career with the Indians and Kings. 

A native of Pembroke, Ont., Anderson made an immediate impact in Springfield, scoring 39 goals and claiming the Dudley “Red” Garrett Award as the AHL’s outstanding rookie in 1954-55. 

Anderson would become one of the offensive leaders on the Indians’ record-setting clubs of the early 1960’s as Springfield became the first – and still the only – franchise in league history to capture three consecutive Calder Cup championships. 

In 1960-61, Anderson earned a Second Team AHL All-Star berth at left wing, posting a career-best 81 points and leading the AHL with 43 goals, his first of five straight 30-goal efforts. More accolades followed in 1963-64 as another 40-goal output resulted in another Second Team All-Star nod. 

In 1967, the NHL’s expansion Los Angeles Kings took over hockey operations in Springfield. Anderson continued to don his familiar number 10 and recorded the 12th and final 20-goal season of his AHL career in 1967-68. That year, at age 37, he also finally made his debut in the National Hockey League with Los Angeles. 

Anderson closed out his playing career with 426 goals and 821 points in 943 games, good for a place in the AHL’s all-time top 10 in all three categories. 

Anderson also served two stints as Springfield’s head coach (1969-70, 1975-76), and was the first head coach in the history of the NHL’s Washington Capitals.

Career AHL Statistics – Jimmy Anderson
  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1954-55 Springfield Indians 63 39 32 71 40 4 0 0 0 0
1955-56 Springfield Indians 61 28 23 51 44 -- -- -- -- --
1956-57 Springfield Indians 64 30 25 55 32 -- -- -- -- --
1957-58 Springfield Indians/
Buffalo Bisons
25 4 4 8 16 -- -- -- -- --
1958-59 Springfield Indians 69 27 36 63 16 -- -- -- -- --
1959-60 Springfield Indians 56 16 21 37 10 4 1 0 1 0
1960-61 Springfield Indians 72 43 38 81 18 8 5 0 5 0
1961-62 Springfield Indians 70 38 41 79 24 11 7 1 8 2
1962-63 Springfield Indians 70 35 26 61 6 -- -- -- -- --
1963-64 Springfield Indians 72 40 32 72 14 -- -- -- -- --
1964-65 Springfield Indians 72 40 29 69 14 -- -- -- -- --
1965-66 Springfield Indians 69 27 20 47 12 6 1 1 2 0
1966-67 Springfield Indians 63 25 29 54 4 -- -- -- -- --
1967-68 Springfield Kings 62 22 24 46 26 4 0 1 1 2
1968-69 Springfield Kings 54 12 15 27 10 -- -- -- -- --
1969-70 Springfield Kings 1 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
  AHL Totals 943 426 395 821 286 37 14 3 17 4