Russell Vincent "Russ" Anderson (born February 12, 1955) is an American retired professional ice hockey defenseman who played 519 games in the National Hockey League between 1976 and 1985. Anderson was a member of the United States National team at the 1977 Ice Hockey World Championships.
February 12, 1955|
Minneapolis, MN, USA
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Pittsburgh Penguins |
Los Angeles Kings
|National team||United States|
31st overall, 1975|
22nd overall, 1975|
He played high school hockey for Minneapolis Washburn High School where he was also a standout football player. After getting a scholarship to play college football for the University of Minnesota Anderson found himself injured with a torn Achilles tendon. Thinking his athletic career was over, Herb Brooks came to the training room and told Anderson to try out for the Gopher hockey team. Russ Anderson made the team and ended up winning a NCAA Championship in 1976.
Russ Anderson, nicknamed "Andy" played hockey in the NHL from 1976 until 1985. He played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, and Los Angeles Kings. He was also a member of the United States National team at the 1977 Ice Hockey World Championships.
In May 1978, Anderson married Miss America 1977 Dorothy Benham. The couple have four children together; Adam, Russ, Ben, and Mia. Anderson and Benham were married for several years before divorcing. He now is remarried to Diane Anderson and they reside in Connecticut.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|1974–75||University of Minnesota||WCHA||30||2||7||9||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|1975–76||University of Minnesota||WCHA||28||0||5||5||81||—||—||—||—||—|
|1983–84||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||70||5||12||17||126||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||New Haven Nighthawks||AHL||6||0||2||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|1984–85||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||14||1||1||2||20||—||—||—||—||—|
- On June 3, 1975 the Pittsburgh Penguins selected Russ Anderson in the second-round (No.31 overall) in the 1975 NHL draft.
- On December 29, 1981 the Pittsburgh Penguins traded Russ Anderson and a 1983 eighth-round pick (No.143-Chris Duperron) to the Hartford Whalers in exchange for Rick MacLeish.
- On June 1, 1983 the Hartford Whalers released Russ Anderson.
- On September 2, 1983 the Los Angeles Kings signed free agent Russ Anderson to a multi-year contract.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
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