December 10, 2015

Red Anderson

Bill "Red" Anderson was a well travelled minor league defenseman.

A big man for his era (six feet, 190 pounds), Anderson was, not surprisingly, a physical presence who was no stranger to the penalty box.

Anderson must have lived out of a suitcase, playing in eight different minor league cities between 1936 and 1943. He toiled with teams like the Minneapolis Millers, the Tulsa Oilers and the Johnstown Blue Birds. In the 1942-43 season Anderson played with the Boston Olympics of the Eastern Hockey League.

Come spring the Boston Bruins called for Anderson's services for one playoff game in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Anderson dressed for a 4-0 loss to Montreal in the opening round. The Bruins, who would go on to defeat Montreal and play Detroit in the Stanley Cup final, never called upon Anderson again.

By playing in that one game, Anderson became - as of 2015 - one of only 25 players in NHL history to play in the Stanley Cup playoffs but never in the NHL regular season.

Interestingly, Anderson's first NHL game also was his final game ever. He retired after the series.

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