Glenn Anderson - Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee 2008

 

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Glenn Anderson was drafted 69th overall by Edmonton Oilers in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. However, he wouldn't join the Oilers until 1980 after touring Europe with Canada's national team. (Graphic Artists/HHOF)

Born in 1960, Anderson grew up in Burnaby, British Columbia with another future star who would one day grab headlines, actor Michael J. Fox. Anderson was an active kid but didn't immediately warm to hockey. "When I first started playing hockey, I hated it. I hated getting up at six o'clock in the morning to go to the rink," Anderson said. "I skated with my ankles turned in and everybody else skated the other way. The first goal I ever scored was in my own net." 

Anderson was selected 69th by the Edmonton Oilers in the draft of 1979. His objective, however, was not the NHL but the Olympics. He dreamed of gold medals, and he preferred to use his developing skills in the sport as a key to seeing the world. He joined the Canadian national team and travelled with the team throughout Europe and Asia to prepare for the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, New York. Anderson had four points in six contests at the Games, but he and the Canadian team were forced to watch the thrilling final, the Miracle on Ice for the Americans, from the stands.

Glenn Anderson tallied nine 30-goal seasons as an Oiler and contributed to an offensively stacked line-up which captured the Stanley Cup five times from 1984-1990.
(Paul Bereswill/HHOF)
Unlike many of national team members, Anderson didn't immediately rush to join a big league squad. He returned to junior hoping the Canadian program would continue, allowing him to travel and play the game as he had the previous year. When it didn't, Anderson finally joined the Oilers for 58 games of the 1980-81 season. He scored 30 goals, an excellent start for a rookie, and further announced himself with 105 points the next season to finish among the top ten scorers in the league. Anderson's Edmonton teammates called him "Mork," a reference to the television series "Mork and Mindy" starring Robin Williams. Anderson disliked the name, though his actions and personality did set him apart from the crowd. On one trip to Europe he brought all of his hockey equipment but decided that the clothes he had on would be enough. On an exhibition trip to Houston, the Oilers were given a tour of NASA. "I can relate to outer space," Anderson told a reporter. "I've been there before. In fact, I think it would be closer to home."

As an Edmonton Oiler Anderson recorded three 100 point plus seasons and played in four NHL All-Star Games (1984, 1985, 1986, 1988).
(Paul Bereswill/HHOF)
Anderson launched himself at the net on rushes, using his balance to stay upright even with defenders hanging from him. He was consistently near the top of the NHL in scoring and thrived in the playoffs, scoring overtime winners and game-clinching goals in each of the Oilers five marches to the Stanley Cup between 1984 and 1990.

Anderson's play remained steady on the ice and he had 22 points in 22 playoff games when the Oilers won the Cup in 1990. Two years later he was involved in a blockbuster trade that saw some of the last pieces of the Oiler dynasty, himself and goalie Grant Fuhr, moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Anderson became one of the Leafs top scorers and once again was a playoff leader as Toronto made it to within one game of the Cup finals in 1993.

After eleven seasons in Edmonton, Anderson was involved in a blockbuster trade which sent him to the Toronto Maple Leafs with teammate Grant Fuhr. (Doug MacLellan/HHOF)
In the middle of the 1993-94 season, Anderson asked the Maple Leaf organization for permission to play in the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. He had negotiated the option to play for Canada into his contract and the Leafs agreed to take his case to the NHL, which usually did not allow players with more than one year of experience to play in the Games. Anderson was turned down by Commissioner Gary Bettman, who argued with the politician in front of television cameras after announcing his decision.

Months after joining the New York Rangers, Anderson captured yet another Stanley Cup alongside former teammate Mark Messier. (Chris Relke/HHOF)
Anderson was traded to the New York Rangers for Mike Gartner just before the 1994 playoffs. He joined Mark Messier and other ex-Oilers in winning the Stanley Cup in those playoffs. Of his three goals, two were game winners. At the time, only Maurice Richard had more overtime playoff goals, and only Messier, Gretzky, and Jari Kurri had more playoff points.

Anderson's approach to the sport was ideologically different than that of many of his peers. More European in outlook, he never missed a chance to play in international competitions. He did suit up for over sixty games over two years, from 1994 through 1996, with the St. Louis Blues and Edmonton Oilers, but in each instance he left quickly.

After playing in the 1980 Olympics and the World Championships in 89' and 92', Anderson ended his career in Europe, playing in Germany, Finland, Italy and Switzerland before retiring. Throughout his NHL career, Glenn Anderson played over 1,000 games scoring 498 goals and 1,099 points.


Glenn Anderson - Fast Facts


EDMONTON OILERS ALL-TIME CAREER LEADERS 1979-80 to 2007-08
glenn anderson #9 banner raised to rafters

GAMES PLAYED - 845

GOALS - (3rd) - 417

ASSISTS (4th) - 489

POINTS (4th) - 906

PENALTY MINUTES (9th) - 798

HAT TRICKS (2nd) - 20

POWERPLAY GOALS #1 with 126


SHORTHANDED GOALS (8th) - 13

GAME WINNING GOALS #1 with 73

GAME TYING GOALS (4th) - 9

  • Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame on November 10, 2008.

  • Will have his #9 jersey retired by the Oilers on January 18, 2009.

  • Played 16 seasons (1980-81 to 1995-96) in the NHL with Edmonton, Toronto, NY Rangers and St. Louis.

  • Edmonton's 3rd choice (4th round), 69th overall, in 1979 NHL Entry Draft.

  • Career NHL stats saw him score 498-601-1099 with 1120 PIM in 1129 regular season games.

  • Scored 93-121-214 with 442 PIM in 225 Stanley Cup Playoff games as he made 13 appearances in the NHL post-season.

  • Member of Six Stanley Cup Championship teams. Won five Stanley Cups with Edmonton (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 & 1990) and a sixth with NY Rangers (1994).

  • Played in Four NHL All-Star Games (1984, 1985, 1986 & 1988).
  • Member of NHL All-Stars in Rendez-Vous '87 versus Soviet All-Stars.

  • Scored 30-or-more goals in nine of his first 10 seasons in the NHL.

  • Twice scored 50-or-more goals in a season with 54 in both 1983-84 & 1985-86.

  • Scored 100-or-more points in a season three times, finishing 11th in NHL scoring race with career high 38-67-105 in 1981-82. Also finished 9th in 1982-83 with 48-56-104 in 1982-83 & scored 54-48-102 in 1985-86.

  • Entering the 2008-09 season he ranked 42nd on the NHL's career goal scoring list (498), 72nd in career assists (601), 55th in career points (1099) & 111th in career games played (1129).

  • Fourth leading scorer in Stanley Cup Playoff history with 93 goals-121 assists -214 pts.

  • Also ranked among NHL's all-time Stanley Cup Playoff career leaders in goals (5th with 93), assists (7th with 121) & game-winning goals (6th with 17).

  • Played 12 seasons with Edmonton Oilers (1980-81 to 1990-91 & 1995-96).

  • Ranked 4th on Oilers all-time career scoring list with 417-489-906 with 798 PIM in 845 games.

  • Ranked among Oilers career leaders in games (3rd), goals (3rd), assists (4th), PIM (8th), hat tricks (2nd with 20), powerplay goals (1st with 126), shorthanded goals (8th with 13), game winning goals (1st with 73), game tying goals (4th with 9) & multiple point games (4th with 240).

  • Named Top First Year Oiler in 1980-81.

  • Scored 30-23-53 in 58 games during his rookie season of 1980-81 to rank 4th all-time in Oilers single-season rookie scoring. His 30 goals are 3rd all-time, while his 23 assists are 5th.

  • Ranked 4th on Oilers all-time career Stanley Cup Playoff scoring list with 81-102-183 and 314 PIM in 164 games.

  • Ranked among Oilers career playoff leaders in goals (2nd), assists (4th), powerplay goals (1st with 22), game winning goals (3< SUP>rd with 12), overtime goals (1st with 3) and hat tricks (5th with 2).

  • Represented Canada at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY.

  • Member of Team Canada at the 1985 & 1988 Canada Cup tournaments as well as the 1989 & 1992 World Championships and 1995 & 1996 in Spengler Cup. Named VIP of Spengler Cup in Davos in 1996.

CAREER STATISTICS



REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1977-78 Bellingham Blazers BCJHL 64 62 69 131 46





1977-78 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 1 0 1 1 2





1978-79 Seattle Breakers WHL 2 0 1 1 0





1978-79 University of Denver WCHA 40 26 29 55 58





1979-80 Seattle Breakers WHL 7 5 5 10 4
2 0 1 1 0
1979-80 Canada Nat-Tm 49 21 21 42 46





1979-80 Canada Olympics 6 2 2 4 4





1980-81 Edmonton Oilers NHL 58 30 23 53 24 +4 9 5 7 12 12
1981-82 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 38 67 105 71 +46 5 2 5 7 8
1982-83 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 48 56 104 70 +41 16 10 10 20 32
1983-84 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 54 45 99 65 +41 19 6 11 17 33
1984-85 Canada Can-Cup 8 1 4 5 16





1984-85 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 42 39 81 69 +24 18 10 16 26 38
1985-86 Edmonton Oilers NHL 72 54 48 102 90 +38 10 8 3 11 14
1986-87 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 35 38 73 65 +27 21 14 13 27 59
1986-87 NHL All-Stars RV-87 2 1 0 1 2





1987-88 Canada Can-Cup 7 2 1 3 4





1987-88 Edmonton Oilers NHL 80 38 50 88 58 +5 19 9 16 25 49
1988-89 Edmonton Oilers NHL 79 16 48 64 93 -16 7 1 2 3 8
1988-89 Canada WEC-A 6 2 2 4 4





1989-90 Edmonton Oilers NHL 73 34 38 72 107 -1 22 10 12 22 20
1990-91 Edmonton Oilers NHL 74 24 31 55 59 -7 18 6 7 13 41
1991-92 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 72 24 33 57 100 -13




1991-92 Canada WC-A 6 2 1 3 16





1992-93 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 22 43 65 117 +19 21 7 11 18 31
1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 73 17 18 35 50 -6




1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 12 4 2 6 12 +1 23 3 3 6 42
1994-95 Augsburger Panther Germany 5 6 2 8 10





1994-95 Lukko Rauma Finland 4 1 1 2 0





1994-95 Canada Nat-Tm 26 11 8 19 40





1994-95 St. Louis Blues NHL 36 12 14 26 37 +9 6 1 1 2 49
1995-96 Canada Nat-Tm 11 4 4 8 39





1995-96 Augsburger Panther Germany 9 5 3 8 48





1995-96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 17 4 6 10 27 0




1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 15 2 2 4 6 -11 11 1 4 5 6
1996-97 HC Bolzano Alpenliga 2 0 1 1 0





1996-97 HC La Chaux-de-Fonds Swiss 23 14 15 29 103





NHL Totals 1129 498 601 1099 1120
225 93 121 214 442
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