Craig Anderson takes leave to be with wife

Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson has taken personal leave to be with his wife Nicholle as she continues her fight against cancer.

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen first reported the news, listing Anderson out as ‘indefinitely.’ The Ottawa Senators released a tweet confirming Anderson would not be available on Thursday for the team’s game against Philadelphia.


In Anderson’s absence, the team will have Mike Condon and Andrew Hammond available in net.

Nicholle Anderson was diagnosed with nasopharyngeal carcinoma in October. She is receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

This will be the fourth game Anderson has taken leave from to be with his wife. No one will fault him for wanting to do so.

Despite having so much going on off the ice, Anderson has been a steadying force for the Senators in net accumulating a 12-5-1 record thus far. This past week, he was named one of the NHL’s ‘Three Stars of the Week’ after going 4-0-0 in his starts. It was the second time this season he’s received the recognition.

We wish the Andersons the best as they continue to kick cancer’s ass.