Anderson has been overlooked and passed by for the Hall of Fame for years now and has watched from the sidelines as other players (none to be named) with lesser accomplishments have been picked in front of him.
Marched to his own drummer
Andy has always been a bit of a free spirit who marched to his own drummer and does things in his own unique way. He’s never worried what the media thought about him, and rarely changed his attitude just to fit in. Andy was Andy, whether you liked it or not. Clearly there were more than a few on the Hall of Fame selection committee who didn’t. How else can you explain why it took so long for him to get his rightful place in the Hall?
As his linemate for four years in Edmonton, I have an incredible amount of respect for what Glenn brought to the rink everyday. As a competitor, there weren’t many as intense and fearless as he. When we needed a big goal, Andy was there to make a big play to make it happen. As far as an entertainer, there were few players who could cut down the wing and drive to the net like No. 9 or turn defencemen inside out with a nifty move. His game was an incredible combination of skill, speed and intensity and he was as focused a big-game competitor as I ever played with.
If you look at his numbers, it is inexplicable as to why Anderson has had to wait so long for this honour. This shouldn’t be a popularity contest, it should be about the player’s impact on the game, and Anderson has made a big one.
The hard proof
His regular-season totals, 1,129 games, 498 goals and 1,099 points are easily impressive enough to legitimize his induction. He is 42nd all-time in goals, just two behind Hall of Famers Lanny McDonald and nine behind Jean Beliveau. He is 55th in points, right below Frank Mahovlich and three behind Darryl Sittler, who both are in the Hall.
Regular season success is great, but it’s the post-season that really matters and it is there that Andy has left his biggest mark. His six Stanley Cups are testimony to the great teams he was a part of (five of those as an integral part of the Oilers’ dynasty). But his production in the playoffs should have made him a first-ballot inductee. His 93 playoff goals are fifth all-time, 121 assists tied for seventh, his 214 points are fourth, and his five overtime goals trail only Joe Sakic and Rocket Richard.
They say good things come to those who wait.
For those of us who know Glenn, it’s been a frustrating time waiting, but on Monday, Nov. 10 the frustration finally ends.
Congratulations Andy. You were a heck of a hockey player, a good teammate and a good friend. Enjoy the night and like you always do … have fun.
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