Sunday, December 16, 2018
Jim Anderson was born in Trail, British Columbia, where he began playing hockey as a young boy. Anderson would play for the Trail Smoke Eaters Senior team in the late 1930’s until his enlistment for the Second World War.
Following the war, Jim returned to Trail and played for their Senior team for another few seasons before becoming the coach of the Junior Trail Smoke Eaters in 1949. As bench boss, the Trail Junior team won two (2) provincial championships in 1950 and 1952.
Anderson’s contribution to BC Hockey (at the time called the BC Amateur Hockey Association) came when he served on the rules committee for five (5) years, and was also the Referee in Chief for the organization. He was the Secretary Treasurer with the Association from 1958-1963, and has been awarded the status of Honourary Life Member with BC Hockey.
Jim Anderson received the prestigious Diamond Stick Award in 1984 and was also recognized by the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) when he received the CAHA Meritorious Award for service to hockey in Canada.