Anderson broke into the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2002-03 and has been with the Ottawa Senators since 2010. He has played in 506 games for four teams recording 238 wins. Anderson helped lead the unexpected and magical run the Senators had in the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs with the team coming to within one win of securing a trip to the final for the first time in 10 years. Ultimately loosing to the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Final, Anderson finished the post season with an impressive 11 wins, second only to Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators.
Anderson won the NHL’s 2017 Masterton Trophy awarded to the player who exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Throughout the 2016-17 season, he posted a 25-11-4 record with a 2.28 goals-against average in 40 games while taking several leaves of absence to be with his wife, Nicholle, who was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare form of throat cancer, in October 2016.
In the off-season, Anderson is also an amateur race car driver and a big fan of auto racing, including NASCAR and the GTLM Corvette Racing team.
“Craig is passionate about motorsports and we know many of our fans are passionate about hockey,” said Ron Fellows, Co-owner, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. “Craig’s a great sportsman, a friend and absolutely the perfect choice as our Grand Marshal for what will be a tremendous weekend of racing.”
“Ron and I have been friends for a number of years,” said Anderson. “So, when Ron called to ask if I’d consider being the Grand Marshal for the Chevrolet Silverado 250, I was honoured to do so and I’m really looking forward to seeing some great racing action.”
A full slate of racing action and family-friendly off-track activities including music in the Canadian Tire Action Zone and CTMP Marketplace as well as fireworks on Saturday night is scheduled.
For discount tickets and more information, please visit canadiantiremotorsportpark.com.
Since 1961, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park has been the leading racing and automotive performance facility in Canada, hosting series’ ranging from international sports cars to NASCAR on the renowned 3.957-kilometre Grand Prix track. The state-of-the-art facility provides an engaging space suitable for any event; whether you’re here for the on-track racing action or a personal celebration, CTMP offers the flexibility and capacity to accommodate any event.