Sunday night’s Ottawa Senators/Edmonton Oilers game proved to be an emotional one.
Last week, Senators Goalie Craig Anderson announced he would be taking personal leave. Just a day later, his backup, Andrew Hammond suffered an injury though, leaving the Senators without an experienced tender between the pipes.
It was then the reason for Anderson’s leave came public. His wife, Nicholle, had been diagnosed with cancer and he left to be with her. However, with his team in need, it was Nicholle who urged Anderson to rejoin. “Craig, you’re teammates need you right now,” she told him.
After consulting with Doctors, as well as the Senators, it was determined that Craig would rejoin the team. And he did so in grand fashion, making 37 saves in a shutout victory in Edmonton that saw his earn the games first star.
Edmonton let them know that they are not fighting this alone. We are all with them and wish Nicholle the absolute best in her fight and recovery!
Washington Capitals / Goalie Coach
“I have known Bob since he played Junior A hockey as a 15 year old, and I was the Sabres’ Goalie Coach. In between then and now, Bob has blossomed into an outstanding person, and an even BETTER coach. His ability to analyze, communicate and innovate far exceeds many of the goalie coaches I know today. He is genuine and honest who always has YOUR best interest in mind, not his. While we still compete, I will always consider Bob a colleague and a friend.”
USA Hockey / Goalie Coach
“I’ve had the privilege to work with Bob during numerous USA Hockey developmental goalie camps. Bob is doing a great job developing goalies that maximize their potential and play at the highest levels of competition. His ability to communicate and work with each goalie’s individual attributes to make them better is what sets him apart.
He also coaches at a very high level and prepares goalies for the NHL every day. Therefore, he understands the position and what it takes to be successful. When he steps on the ice he demands 100% and makes you work not only hard, but smart. He is constantly looking for new and innovative ways to improve the position. His wealth of knowledge and technical understanding of the position is a huge advantage for goalies growing up in his area.”
Florida Panthers 2010-2015 / Goalie Coach
“Bob does a tremendous job developing strong fundamentals and techniques with our goalies. What makes Bob stand out is his attention to detail and his ability to understand both the positional and mental part of the game. I strongly respect Bob’s knowledge and organization that he commits to each and everyone one of his goalies. His passion and drive gives him the ability to transform any average goalie into a great one with the qualities of leadership and confidence.”