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21 Worst Coaches In NHL History


2. John Anderson

John Anderson made a name for himself first playing a total of 814 career NHL games, scoring 282 goals and 349 assists for 631 points from 1977 until 1989. After that, he took a break from hockey but decided to return to the icy world of puck-smacking coaching as a player-assistant coach for the AHL’s New Haven Nighthawks in 1991-92. During his 13 seasons as a minor league head coach, he had a chance to make eight trips to the league championship series and won five titles – a Colonial Cup with the Quad City Mallards and two Turner Cups and Calder Cups apiece for the Chicago Wolves.

After winning his last title in 2008, he received what many thought of as an overdue promotion to the Atlanta Thrashers – he coached their prospects for each of the seven preceding seasons, so it seemed like a solid bet. But it wasn’t. Less than a month after an untimely five-game losing streak, the Thrashers lost their chance to make it to the playoffs upon ending 0-3-1, leading up to the last game of the 2009-10 season. As a result, they finished five points out of a playoff spot with Anderson’s dismissal as a result.

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