Ron Anderson
Position: Right Wing

Born: July 29, 1945

Birthplace: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

Height: 6'0"  Weight: 170 lbs.

Shoots: Right

Draft: N/A

Seasons with Buffalo: 1970-71 to 1971-72

Uniform Number: 16

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Ron Anderson was a product of the Detroit Red Wings system.  Undrafted, Anderson's rights became property of the Red Wings through the NHL's old sponsorship system, by which an NHL team would gain the rights to junior players by sponsoring their respective teams. 

Anderson made his professional debut in 1965-66 as a member of the Memphis Wings of the Central Professional Hockey League.  After playing a couple of seasons in the minor leagues, he made his NHL debut with the Red Wings during the 1967-68 season.  Anderson played 25 games as a Red Wing during the 1967-68 and 1968-69 seasons. 

Mid-way through the 1968-69 season, Anderson was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.  Anderson would finish the season with the Kings before being traded again to the St. Louis Blues. 

Anderson spilt the 1969-70 season between the Blues and the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League.  Anderson would play 9 games with the Bisons during the 1969-70 season.
On October 10, 1970, in one of the first trades in franchise history, Buffalo Sabres GM Punch Imlach sent right wing Craig Cameron to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Ron Anderson.  Cameron had been selected by the Sabres in the 1970 Expansion Draft from the Blues.
Anderson, along with forwards Hap Myers and Billy Inglis, defensemen Tracy Pratt and Paul Terbenche and goaltender Roger Crozier, was one of the first six players to take the ice for the Sabres as they played their first NHL game, October 10, 1970 in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.  Anderson claimed another Sabres first on October 23, 1970 when he scored the first short-handed goal in team history, against his former team, the Detroit Red Wings.

Anderson finished the 1970-71 season with the Sabres.  In 74 games he scored 14 goals and 12 assists.

Anderson split the 1971-72 season between tthe Sabres and their Western Hockey League affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles.  In 37 games for the Sabres, Anderson struggled offensively, scoring just 4 assists. 

At the end of the 1971-72 season, Anderson became one of the first Sabres to leave the organization to defect to the World Hockey Association.  The WHA came into existence in 1972 to rival the NHL.  They filled out their rosters by offering large contracts to established NHL players who would be willing to leave their teams to join the fledgeling league.  Anderson was just one of many Sabres players who would leave to join the WHA during the
off-season of 1972.  He was joined by forwards Danny Lawson and Mike Byers, defensemen Al Hamilton and Jim Watson and several of the Sabres' minor league prospects.

Chosen by Alberta in the 1972 WHA General Player Draft, Anderson joined the Alberta Oilers for the 1972-73 season.  He scored the first regular season goal in WHA history on October 11, 1972 as the Oilers defeated the Ottawa Nationals 7-4.  Anderson remained with the Oilers through the 1973-74 season.  At the end of the season, he was released. 

Anderson spent the 1974-75 season with the Mohawk Valley Comets of the North American Hockey League.  He retired from professional hockey at the conclusion of the 1974-75 season.
Team Firsts
First shift on the ice for the Buffalo Sabres: (along with Hap Myers, Billy Inglis, Paul Terbenche, Tracy
     Pratt and Roger Crozier) October 10, 1970 at Pittsburgh Penguins
First short-handed goal in team history: October 23, 1970 vs. Detroit Red Wings
Complete career stats for Ron Anderson
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