Craig Anderson
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 05/21/1981
AGE: 35
DRAFTED: CHI: 2001-73 overall
OHL First All-Star Team (2001) Claimed on waivers by Boston from Chicago, January 19, 2006. Claimed on waivers by St. Louis from Boston, January 31, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Chicago from St. Louis, February 3, 2006. Traded to Florida by Chicago for Florida's 6th round choice (later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Luke Witkowski) in 2008 Entry Draft, June 24, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Colorado, July 1, 2009. Traded to Ottawa by Colorado for Brian Elliott, February 18, 2011.
2009-10 SEASON
Compiled a 38-25-7 record with a 2.64 goals against average, .917 save percentage and seven shutouts in 71 appearances with the Avalanche… Established franchise records in games (71), starts (71), minutes (4235), shots faced (2233) and saves (2047)…His 38 victories tied for second on the franchise’s single-season list, just two shy of Patrick Roy’s record of 40 wins set in 2000-01…Anderson’s seven shutouts also tied for second in club history… Led all NHL goaltenders in shots faced and saves… Highest totals by an NHL goaltender since 2005- 06, when Roberto Luongo saw 2488 shots and made 2275 saves with the Florida Panthers… Also ranked among the league’s top goaltenders in shutouts (T-3rd), games (T-5th), starts (T-5th) and wins (7th)…Set career highs in every category… Started each of the first 15 games, setting a new franchise record for consecutive starts to open a season…Made his first career Opening Night start on Oct. 1 vs. San Jose, stopping 38-of-40 shots in a 5-2 victory…Was named the NHL’s First Star of the Month for October…Started all 14 games during the month, led the NHL in wins (10) and save percentage (.939), ranked second in shutouts (2) and third in goals-against average (2.04)…Tied the NHL record for wins in October, equaling the mark set by Detroit’s Manny Legace in 2005-06…Also tied the Colorado/Quebec franchise record for wins in a single month (Dan Bouchard - February 1981, Peter Budaj - March 2007)…Made a season-high 48 saves on Oct. 24 vs. Detroit and matched that with another 48-save effort on March 14 at Dallas…Suffered a neck injury on Dec. 2 at Florida, forcing him to miss four games from Dec. 3-9…Won six consecutive starts, Jan. 9-24, matching his career-long winning streak…Started 23 consecutive games, Jan. 9 to March 14, the longest streak by a goaltender in Avalanche history…The previous record was 16 straight starts by Patrick Roy from Jan. 12 to Feb. 21, 1999…Anderson, Ron Tugnutt (26 straight in 1990-91) and Dan Bouchard (24 in 1980-81) are the only netminders in franchise history to start 20 or more consecutive games… Anderson during that stretch was 15-8-0 with a 2.08 GAA, .935 Sv% and four shutouts (739 shots, 48 goals, 1382 minutes)… Was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week on three occasions: Oct. 1-4, Oct. 12-18 and Jan. 18-24…Led all NHL goaltenders with 16 penalty minutes. PLAYOFFS: Started all six postseason games for Colorado in his first appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs…Stopped 223-of-239 shots (.933 Sv%) to set a franchise record for most saves in a single playoff series…Turned aside 25 shots in a 2-1 win at San Jose in his first career playoff start on April 14…Made 51 saves in a 1-0 OT victory in Game 3 at Pepsi Center on April 18, the most saves ever by an Avalanche goaltender in a home playoff game…Anderson’s 51 saves ranked fourth overall in Avalanche postseason history and were the most stops by an NHL goaltender in a 1-0 playoff overtime game since Patrick Roy’s 63-save performance against Florida in 1996…Tied a franchise playoff record for saves in a single period with 21 in that April 18th game, accomplishing the feat in both the second and third period.

2008-09: Finished third among NHL goaltenders with a .924 save percentage in 31 appearances with the Florida Panthers…Only Tim Thomas (.933) and teammate Tomas Vokoun (.926) stopped a higher percentage of their shots…Posted a 15- 7-5 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and three shutouts…19 of his 27 starts came on the road, where he was 12-4-2. 2007-08: Appeared in 17 games for the Florida Panthers, going 8-6-1 with a 2.25 goals-against average and .935 save percentage…Anderson’s .935 Sv% did not qualify for the league lead but was the highest among NHL goaltenders who appeared in at least 15 games…Set an NHL record for most saves in a shutout when he registered 53 saves in a 1-0 win at the NY Islanders on March 2…Won a career-high six consecutive games from Feb. 23 to April 4…Dropped his first five decisions of the season before finishing 8-2-0 in his last 11 appearances. 2006-07: Spent most of the season with Rochester of the American Hockey League but also appeared in five games for the Panthers…Led Rochester with 23 wins (23-10-1), helping the Americans advance to the AHL playoffs. 2005-06: Spent the majority of the year with the Chicago Blackhawks, posting a 6-12-4 record with one shutout in 29 games (21 starts)…Was claimed off waivers by Boston on Jan. 19 and St. Louis on Jan. 31 before being re-claimed by Chicago on Feb. 3. 2004-05: Was 9-4-1 with a 1.83 GAA and two shutouts in 15 appearances with Norfolk (AHL)…Also played in six postseason contests, going 2-4. 2003-04: Appeared in 21 games with the Blackhawks and 37 with Norfolk (AHL)…Picked up his first NHL win and shutout by stopping all 30 shots in a 7-0 victory over Columbus on Jan. 22 at the United Center. 2002-03: Made his NHL debut on Nov. 30 at Los Angeles and got his first start on Dec. 1 at Anaheim (3-2 loss). 2001-02: Made his professional debut with Norfolk of the American Hockey League, playing 28 games. 2000-01: Named to the OHL First All-Star Team in his third and final season with Guelph…Was 30-19-9 in 59 appearances.

Represented the United States at the 2006 and 2008 IIHF World Championships…Compiled a 3-2-0 record in five starts at the 2006 World Championship, including a 3-0 shutout over Denmark on May 7.

Craig and his wife, Nicholle, were married this past summer…The couple resides in Chicago during the offseason…Craig’s brother, Jon, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in 1999 and played four seasons as an infielder in the Red Sox’s minor league system…His father, Richard, raced cars professionally…Craig himself is an avid Corvette Racing fan…Co-hosted a sled hockey clinic in conjunction with the National Sports Center for the Disabled at Pepsi Center in January of 2010…During his time with the Florida Panthers, Craig donated tickets for every Friday and Saturday night home game for charity.