Derek Sanderson Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Sri Dhanya
Agu 24, 2023 By Sri Dhanya
Originally Published on Apr 21, 2022
Edited by Lara Simpson
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Also called the Turk, Derek Anderson is undoubtedly one of the most popular Canadian hockey players for his sports and looks in the '70s.
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About Derek Sanderson

Derek Sanderson, popularly called Turk, is a former professional ice hockey player.
He is from Canada and was the highest-paid athlete in the world for a short time. He completely changed the way people looked at the game of hockey and the culture of professional sports in the '60s and early '70s.
Derek Sanderson is also well known as the center who won the Stanley Cup in 1970 and 1972 with the Boston Bruins and played two seasons for the New York Rangers.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Derek Sanderson’s net worth?

The net worth of this ice hockey player is $2 million.

How much does Derek Sanderson earn per year?

As already stated, Derek Sanderson is a highly paid ice hockey player. However, his exact salary is under review and has not been disclosed yet.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Derek Sanderson?

Derek Anderson was one of the best athletes of his time, and he is 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) tall.

How old is Derek Sanderson?

Born on June 16, 1946, the hockey player Derek Sanderson is 75 years old.

Childhood And Education

Derek was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, and was an army brat. Sanderson’s father's name is Herold A Sanderson, who was army personnel from Canada. Derek Sanderson’s mother's name was Caroline Hall Gillespie, and she was from Scotland. He also had an elder sister born in 1944 when his father was serving in France.
Derek Sanderson also played junior hockey in his hometown, playing for Niagara falls of the Ontario hockey association. He also won the Eddie Powers memorial trophy and was the top-scoring hockey player in the OHA from 1966 to 1967.
Derek Sanderson quit school at 17 years old to keep his focus on his game.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Derek Sanderson’s partner?

Derek married Nancy Gillis in 1986, and the couple has two sons together, Ryan and Michael.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Derek started his career at a very young age and left education for the same. He helped his hometown team, Niagara Falls flyers belonging to the Ontario hockey association, win the Memorial Cup championship in 1965. At the same time, he won the Eddie powers memorial trophy being the leading scorer in the league.
In 1967 Derek was the Center player in the Boston bronze of National hockey league games. Soon he became a regular player on the team and was also voted as the Calder Memorial trophy of the NHS 1968 rookie of the year. He became an integral part of the team which won the Stanley cup championship in 1970 and 1972.
Derek signed a contract with the Philadelphia Blazers of the world hockey association after the 1972 season. During this time, he became the highest-paid athlete with a salary of $2.6 million. For some reason, his game was not up to the expectations. With several unfortunate events like his early-season injury, financial troubles in Blazer, and intemperate remarks given by him to the press, Derek was bought out before the end of the season.

What awards has Derek Sanderson won?

Derek Sanderson won the Memorial Cup championship in 1965. He was also the winner of the Eddies Powers memorial trophy, being the top scorer in OHA in 1967.
Other trophies and awards include Calder memorial trophy winner in 1968, Stanley Cup champions in 1970 and 1972, Eddie show trophy (1972) presented by the gallery gods, Player award in 1972

Other Interesting Derek Sanderson Facts And Trivia

  • Derek Sanderson was also ranked in the Elite list of famous celebrities born in Canada.
  • Derek Sanderson was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario. A Canada-based ice hockey player often listed as the most popular hockey player for winning the Cup in 1970 and 1972 with the Boston Bruins and playing two seasons for the New York Rangers.
  • Derek Sanderson is the managing director of The Sports Group in Boston, Massachusetts. He is currently a popular sportscaster.
    Main image credits: Art Rickerby/Shutterstock

Derek Sanderson Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Derek Michael Sanderson

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Place of Birth

Niagara Falls



188 cm

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Former Ice Hockey Player

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Nancy Gillis


Harold Sanderson, Caroline Sanderson


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