Congratulations to Cougars owner Craig Anderson on a great NHL season in 2016-17 including Bill Masterton Award Finalist and Stanley Cup semi-finalist!
Anderson, a native of Chicago who played his youth hockey in town before embarking on a three year Junior career in the OHL and now 14 year NHL career, has been with the Cougars since day 1 and was an instrumental piece in the organization’s formative days as well as today.
This season turned out to be one of his best and most challenging in the NHL backstopping his Ottawa Senators to a 25-11-0-4 record including 5 Shutouts in his 40 Games started during the Regular Season amassing his 500th career NHL game and tying the Ottawa Senators all-time franchise mark for wins by a goaltender in the process. Backstopping his Ottawa Senators to a playoff run lasting up to Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals, Anderson is also one of the NHL’s finalists for the Bill Masterton Award given annually to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.
Anderson will be in Chicago to watch potential Cougars players in this year’s tryout June 30th at the Leafs Ice Centre! The tryout will give participating players 3 skates in front of numerous coaching staffs from Tier 2 and Tier 3 Junior hockey organizations across the country all for the low price of $59! With this unique opportunity spots are filling up fast, secure your spot today with quick and easy registration online at: http://www.chicagocougarshockey.com/
Head Coach Brad Stoffers said, “It has been a thrill to watch Craig make this playoff run and help his team achieve at the highest level under the most pressure of his career. We will always be indebted to him for everything he gives to our organization while simultaneously playing in the NHL. We can not thank him enough for his support and want to congratulate him on a phenomenal run this year!”
Congratulations Craig Anderson, we are very proud, and see you at tryouts June 30th!