Brian Ernest Anderson
Born: April 7, 1935 (Kirkland Lake, Ontario)
Died: December 1, 2013 (Orangeville, Ontario)
Brian Anderson starred at quarterback for his high school team in the mining city of Kirkland Lake, Ont. He also played for the local Blue Devils hockey team before going south to Toronto, where he studied and played hockey for the St. Michael’s Majors. In two seasons of junior-A hockey with the Majors, Anderson, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound centre, scored 30 goals and added 32 assists in 101 games.
One of those goals was an overtime game-winner in a 5-4 victory over the Guelph (Ont.) Biltmores on Nov. 27, 1953. His exploits were regularly reported by the Toronto Star, including an account of a 1954 game against the Barrie (Ont.) Flyers and rookie goalie Ross Brooks. “Brian Anderson was Brooks’ favourite victim,” reported Jim Proudfoot of the Star. “Anderson had chances galore in the first two periods and Brooks robbed him every time. The law of averages applied in the third, though, when Anderson triggered the winning goal and added a clincher” in the 6-3 win.
Among his teammates at St. Michael’s were future NHL players Noel Price and Dick Duff.
In 1955, he skated for the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, recording nine goals and five assists in 12 games. Anderson won successive Queen’s Cup titles with the Blues in 1956 and 1957 as champions of the Ontario-Quebec region.
In 1957, he was named athlete of the year at the University of St. Michael’s College.
He had brief stints with the Hull-Ottawa Junior Canadiens (five games) and Montreal Royals (one game) of the Quebec Hockey League. He also skated in three games for the Cincinnati Mohawks of the International Hockey League in 1957-58, recording an assist. He spent most of that season with the Kingston CKLCs, a senior-A team sponsored by the local radio station. That season, the Kingston squad played exhibition games against the first hockey team from Soviet Union to tour Canada.
After teaching high school in his home town, Anderson began a career in the life insurance business. He was also involved in estate and financial planning, authoring such books on the subjects as “It’s Your Money” and “The Joy of tax Reduction.”
He was the brother of Ian Anderson, a tough-guy defenceman and fan favourite with the minor pro Clinton (N.Y.) Comets. Brian Anderson died 11 days after his younger brother, Ian. He leaves his wife, Diva, two sons, six grandchildren, and a brother, Bevan.