Oilers to retire Glenn Anderson's No. 9
It looks to be a memorable winter for former NHL forward Glenn Anderson.
Anderson, who will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 10, was told Wednesday that his No. 9 will be retired to the rafters of Edmonton's Rexall Place on Jan. 18, when the hometown Oilers welcome Wayne Gretzky and the Phoenix Coyotes.
He is the seventh member of the Oilers so honoured, joining Al Hamilton (3), Paul Coffey (7), Mark Messier (11), Jari Kurri (17), Grant Fuhr (31) and Gretzky (99), now head coach of the Coyotes.
"Putting Glenn's number up with the other honoured players at Rexall Place is absolutely deserving," Oilers president Kevin Lowe said. "It is the right thing for our organization to do."
Anderson, 47, had 498 goals and 601 assists for 1,099 points in 1,129 games over 16 NHL seasons with the Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Burnaby, B.C., he won six Stanley Cups — five with the Oilers and one with the Rangers.
An explosive skater and gifted scorer, he tallied at least 30 goals eight times in nine seasons with the Oilers, notching 54 in 1983-84 and again in 1985-86.
"Glenn could bring fans out of their seats with his unbelievable goals, and they always seemed to be such timely goals," Lowe said.
Anderson was drafted 69th overall by Edmonton in 1979, and was a teammate of Coffey, Gretzky, Fuhr, Kurri and Messier during the Oilers' dynasty years.
With files from the Canadian Press