Senators pay tribute to Craig Anderson with extended ceremony, exclusive goalies-only ceremonial faceoff.

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Senators pay tribute to Craig Anderson with extended ceremony, exclusive goalies-only ceremonial faceoff.

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Craig Anderson concluded his tenure with the Senators by signing a one-day contract, marking his official retirement after a decade-long association with the organization.

“I chose not to make a formal retirement announcement because I wanted to retire as a Senator,” Anderson expressed during the retirement ceremony. “Being a part of this means everything to me and my family. There’s a whirlwind of emotions.”

Ahead of the game against the Buffalo Sabres, Anderson and his family were honored with a heartfelt video tribute and a warm reception upon stepping onto the ice.

In a unique twist on the customary ceremonial puck drop, Senators goaltender Anton Forsberg and Sabres netminder Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen shared the center ice duties, a rare tribute typically reserved for the teams’ respective captains.

Anderson’s legacy spans an entire decade, but his exceptional performance during the 2012-13 season remains particularly memorable. With a remarkable .941 save percentage and 1.69 goals against average, he secured a fourth-place spot in the Vezina Trophy rankings, guiding the Senators to the second round of the playoffs.

Notably, Anderson played a pivotal role in pushing the Pittsburgh Penguins, led by Sidney Crosby, to the brink in a thrilling Game 7 overtime battle during the 2017 Eastern Conference playoffs. Despite an eventual defeat, Anderson’s tenacity left a lasting impression. The Senators have yet to return to the playoffs since that memorable run, while Pittsburgh went on to clinch their second consecutive Stanley Cup that season.

The 2016-17 season held a significant personal narrative for Craig Anderson, with off-ice events shaping its course. Anderson was honored with the Bill Masterton Trophy, an annual accolade recognizing individuals who exhibit unwavering commitment to hockey during challenging times. In October 2016, his wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with throat cancer. Throughout the season, Anderson dedicated himself to her care, and the family received a hopeful announcement in May 2017, confirming Nicholle’s victory over cancer.

On the ice, Anderson wrapped up his career with a commendable .912 save percentage and a 2.86 goals against average across 709 games, representing stints with the Senators, Capitals, Sabres, Avalanche, Panthers, and Blackhawks. His association with the Senators accounted for ten of his 20 seasons in the NHL.

Reference:

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/senators-honor-craig-anderson-with-lengthy-tribute-rare-goalies-only-ceremonial-faceoff-014154612.html

https://www.nhl.com/news/craig-anderson-signs-one-day-contract-to-retire-with-ottawa

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