"Anderson sees early Oilers in today's Penguins"

Tuesday, June 2. 2009

Read my interview with John McGourty on NHL.com...



Oh Canada!

Friday, May 8. 2009

Living in North America, we are exposed to the highest level of professional hockey in the world. Today's NHL is filled with talent from across the globe, and we don't think twice about the hockey that is played in other countries. Well, I grew up in a different era. I was exposed to the game outside of the confines of this corner of our planet... And you know what? It's just as great overseas.

I played my first international tournament in Czechoslovakia. The Rude Pravo Cup was an amazing experience for me. The walls at the arena in Prague were covered with bullet holes. This was the scene of the game played behind the Iron Curtain. The KGB was there, guns in hand. In 1979, no one would even think to defect from the Soviet Union. The concept of hoisting the Stanley Cup over your head was not a consideration. The Grail wasn't even a priority.

Winning the Rude Pravo Cup meant just as much to them as the Stanley Cup means to us. Winning at the international level also meant a great deal to me - as it does to this day.

To understand the importance of international hockey, you have to understand what it is to represent your country. Overseas, they never used to grow up dreaming of Lord Stanley. It's tournaments such as the Spengler Cup and - the biggest of them all - the World Championships, that people in countries such as Russia, Sweden, and Finland dream of winning.

The men who represent their country are competing at the highest level, to gain bragging rights that transcend the entire nation. The energy that the fans bring to the arena, far surpasses that of any barn in North America. The songs they sing, and the intimidation they impose over the visiting team's fans, are truly experiences to behold.

I do not belittle my NHL accomplishments when I say to win the Spengler Cup means just as much to me as to win the Stanley Cup. The skill level is absolutely amazing, and the competition is fierce. But one thing does separate these two events: The concept of representing Canada.


Canada Flag

My professional career ended in 1997, but not before I had the chance to represent Canada one last time. Having played in Europe throughout 1995 and 1996, I competed in one last Spengler Cup.

Five games in six nights.

How things changed since 1979. In 1996, Skoda Cars surrounded the international ice surface instead of KGB gunmen. Still, my opponents were just as hungry as always to honor their country with a victory. We won. I was the "Key Player" (MVP) of the tournament, and of the championship game.

When my country called, I answered the bell every chance I could. Be it for the Rude Pravo Cup, the 1979 Pacific Rim Tournament, the 1980 Olympics, the numerous World Cups throughout the 80s, the World Championships in 1989 and 1995, or even attempting to play in the Lillehammer games in 1994 - when NHL players weren't permitted to compete...

To have the maple leaf on my chest felt special. I played against and amongst some of the best hockey players in the world, and to this day it's a feeling that goes unmatched.

-Glenn Anderson

Video: #9 Raising to the Rafters Ceremony

Monday, January 19. 2009

Glenn Anderson's #9 jersey retirement ceremony at Rexall Place, Edmonton, January 18th 2009.


A photo gallery of images from the event can be viewed here on the official Oilers website


Video: #9 Jersey Retirement Speech at Rexall Place

Monday, January 19. 2009

Glenn gives his speech as he is honored with the retirement of his Oilers jersey.


Video: Wayne Gretzky on Anderson's Honor

Monday, January 19. 2009

Gretzky attends the Oilers ceremony for Glenn Anderson and gives his thoughts on his former teamate's jersey joining his own up in the rafters of super-sportsmen.


EXCLUSIVE: on-ice ceremony pics

Sunday, January 18. 2009

as it's happening... sent from Susan Anderson's mobile phone.

Mark Messier joins Glenn Anderson on the ice for #9's raising to the rafters in Edmonton.


EXCLUSIVE: on-ice ceremony pics

Sunday, January 18. 2009

as it's happening... sent from Susan Anderson's mobile phone.

Glenn Anderson takes to the ice for his #9 jersey retirement ceremony, and his adorable daughter Autumn runs in for a hug.


To see Autumn steal the stage during Glenn's Hockey Hall of Fame speech in Toronto, click here

Oilers PR: Anderson honoured by Edmontonians

Friday, January 16. 2009

Oilers Great joined by former teammates & fans at City Hall ceremony
Edmonton Oilers Press Release
Jan 16, 2009, 5:58 PM EST

January 16th, 2009 (Edmonton, AB) - Hundreds of loyal Glenn Anderson fans packed City Hall today to celebrate his impressive NHL career, contribution to hockey in Edmonton and commitment to Oil Country. The ceremony was highlighted by a $10,000 donation made by the Rexall Family of Pharmacies in Glenn Anderson's name to support the Cross Cancer Institute.

"Glenn Anderson's dedication to this community should be saluted in equal measure to his accomplishments on the ice," said Michael Bobroff, VP of Marketing, Rexall Family of Pharmacies.  glenn anderson honored at edmonton city hall

Anderson was joined today by his former teammates Kevin Lowe, Jari Kurri, Ron Lowe, Dave Hunter, Dave Semenko and Ken Linseman who were on hand to celebrate and acknowledge his milestone. "Andy, we are all proud of you and know how deserving you are to have your jersey raised to the rafters," said Kevin Lowe, President, Hockey Operations. "You are going down in Edmonton history."

Glenn Anderson's #9 jersey will be the seventh raised to the rafters at Rexall Place at Sunday's pre-game ceremony. Anderson played 16 NHL seasons, celebrated six Stanley Cup victories, played in four NHL All-Star Games and still holds the Oilers franchise record of 126 powerplay goals. He was one of the great players to have worn the Oilers jersey and that was evident today when fans across Oil Country gathered in his honour.

"I am so proud and privileged to be here," said Anderson. "It's because of you the fans and all of your support, we were able win five Stanley Cups here in Edmonton."

A number of Anderson's former teammates, including fellow Oilers jersey retirees Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri and Mark Messier will be standing at his side during Sunday night's ceremony.

Anderson's Retirement Ceremony will take place at 6:00pm. The game is sold out; however fans can catch the game, ceremony and special features with Oilers greats on Molson Canadian Oilers Pay Per View beginning at 5:45pm.