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Peter Andersson: Washington Capitals A to Z

Yesterday, we took a look at Shawn Anderson. Today, let’s take a look at the career of defenseman Peter Andersson. Andersson was born on March 2nd, 1962 in Sodertalje, Sweden. He was a ninth round pick (170th overall pick) in the 1980 NHL draft.

Peter Andersson‘s Capitals Career

The Capitals had to be patient to get Peter Andersson to come to the NHL because Andersson loved playing in Sweden. Andersson began his NHL career in 1983, scoring 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 42 games. His +/- was a career high +12. He played 57 games during the 1984-1985 season, scoring 10 points (10 assists). He split the 1985-1986 season between the Capitals and the Quebec Nordiques. In 61 games with the Capitals in that season, he had 22 points (six goals, 16 assists). He was traded to the Nordiques for their third round pick (which wound up being Shawn Simpson). With the Nordiques, Andersson had nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 12 games.

Peter Andersson’s Post-NHL Career

Something funny happened after the 1985-1986 season: Peter Andersson, despite having a career year and only being 23 years old, decided to play hockey in Sweden over the NHL. He primarily played with Björklöven in the SHL, but he also played in the NLA (with Zug and Kloten).  Over his career, Peter Andersson was pretty successful in international play. He participated in the World Championships six times (including gold medals in 1987 and 1991, and a silver medal in 1990), three Canada Cups, and two Olympics (bronze in 1988). After he retired, Andersson began his coaching career with Björklöven’s J20 (under 20) team as an assistant coach. He has also served as an assistant coach for their regular team and MODO of the SHL. He currently serves as an assistant coach for Langnau of the NLB. Peter Andersson had a promising NHL career, but decided that being in Sweden was more important. I can definitely respect that decision. So here’s to you, Peter. We might never know why you decided to play in Sweden over the NHL, but as long as you’re happy, that’s the only thing that matters. You were a pretty good value for a ninth round pick.


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