Glenn Anderson | #36
Glenn Anderson | #36
STATS & INFO
Born: Oct 2, 1960
Birthplace: Vancouver, BC, CAN
Draft: 1979, Edmonton Oilers, 4th rd (69th overall)
Rangers Debut: March 22, 1994 (Rangers at Calgary)
Final Game with the Rangers: June 14, 1994 (Rangers vs. Vancouver) (Stanley Cup Finals)
Anderson was selected 69th by the Edmonton Oilers in the draft of 1979. Anderson 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 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.
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.
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.