41 Craig Anderson
2009-2010 Fourteenth Season
Reebok Edge. Set 1. 58(G)
NHL-MGG No. G01145
Jersey shows lighter wear, as is the case with most alternates. There are a few good body and sleeve marks, enough to produce an easy photo match. The Meigray tag is sewn in the rear hem, and the jersey is accompanied by the MGG LOA. This season's serial numbers begin with a "G" to designate Meigray's seventh year as the marketing group for Colorado's game jerseys.
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Craig Anderson was born on May 21, 1981, in Park Ridge, Illinois. Drafted in the third round by the Calgary Flames in 1999, he was unable to come to terms with the club and re-entered the draft in 2001, where he was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks.
After two seasons with Chicago, splitting time between the "Windy City" and their AHL affiliate in Norfolk, he was traded to the Florida Panthers in 2006.
In limited action for the Panthers, Anderson put up impressive numbers, including a 53-save, shutout win during the 2007-08 season.
Anderson signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche on July 1, 2009 and beat out Peter Budaj for the starting job.
His career in Colorado began in triumphant style. He was named the league's first star for the month of October 2009, his first month with the Avalanche.
Anderson's first season in Colorado was a good one. He set franchise records for games played as well as shots faced, while posting an impressive 2.63 goals against average and .917 save percentage. Little was expected from the Avalanche in the 2009-10 season, but led by Anderson's stellar play between the pipes, Colorado earned the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
In game three of the first round of the playoffs, Anderson recorded his first post-season shutout in remarkable fashion. He stopped all 51 shots he faced, blanking the San Jose Sharks. Only legends Patrick Roy and Dominic Hasek have stopped more shots in a playoff shutout performance.
The 2010-11 season was the polar opposite to the previous season for Anderson. His goals against average and save percentage were among the worst of his career and in the days leading up to the NHL trade deadline, with free agency looming in the summer, the goaltender was traded to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Brian Elliot on February 18, 2011.
Born: May 21, 1981 - Park Ridge, IL
6-2, 180 lbs. Catches Left
Selected by Calgary Flames round 3 #77 overall 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Re-entered draft and selected by Chicago Blackhawks round 3 #73 overall 2001 NHL Entry Draft. 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.
- OHL First All-Star Team (2001)