Anderson back as Wolves bench boss

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Wolves are expected to announce the rehiring of John Anderson.

Anderson, who spent a decade with the Wolves from 1997-98 to 2007-08, won four championships over that time. While in the IHL, Anderson coached the Wolves to two Turner Cups, one in his first season behind the bench, and another two years later in 1999-00. In their final season in the IHL — before the league was absorbed by the AHL — the Wolves made another appearance in the Turner Cup finals, but lost in five games to the Orlando Solar Bears.

In the first season as an AHL team, Anderson coached the Wolves to a Calder Cup, and would patrol the bench for two more finals appearances, winning a second Calder Cup in 2007-08. After his second league title, Anderson was given a shot at coaching in the big leagues, where he took over as Atlanta Thrashers head coach. In two full 82 game seasons behind the Thrashers bench, Anderson coached the team to 70 wins, but failed to make the playoffs either season, and was subsequently let go.

He returned as an NHL assistant with the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2011-12 and ’12-’13 seasons, but has left his post with the Coyotes to pursue another run with the Wolves.

After just two playoff wins over the last two years, Anderson, who only missed the playoffs once while in Chicago and has never lost earlier than the second round while at the dance, looks to bring the Wolves back to their dominant glory. Once the talk of the town, the Wolves will now look to get back in the winner circle and enjoy some of the glory that the other team in Chicago has seen in recent years.

 

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