Born in Vancouver on October 2, 1960, Glenn Anderson played a huge role in the Edmonton Oilers’ dynasty of the mid-1980s, and later helped the New York Rangers end one of the longest Stanley Cup droughts on record.
After a brief career with the Canadian National team, Anderson joined the Edmonton Oilers, who had drafted him 69th overall in the 1979 NHL entry draft. Anderson played the bulk of his 16-year NHL career with Edmonton, joining the team in 1980, just in time for their second season in the NHL.
The impact he had on the Oilers (and the NHL ) was immediate. Anderson scored 30 goals and added 23 assists in his rookie year. Anderson spent the next 10 years in an Oiler’s uniform, scoring 30 or more goals in eight of those 10 campaigns.
As prolific a scorer as Anderson was during the regular season, he often saved his best for the playoffs, as he registered 20 or more playoffs points in five different seasons while in an Edmonton uniform. It wasn’t a coincidence that the Oilers won the Stanley Cup five times with Anderson in the line-up. A pre-season trade in 1991 had Glenn Anderson switching postal codes from Edmonton to Toronto.
Towards the end of his third year in Toronto, Anderson found himself on the move again, this time to the New York Rangers. Needing a proven playoff scorer, the Rangers were willing to part with the talented Mike Gartner to land Anderson. The move paid off for the Rangers, who went on to win the 1994 Stanley Cup, the first cup victory for the Rangers since 1940.
Anderson spent parts of the next two seasons playing in Europe, but returned to the NHL in time for the playoffs. Glenn Anderson retired from the NHL at the end of the 1995/96 season, finishing his career with 498 goals and 601 assists, for 1099 points in 1129 games. He added another 93 goals and 121 assists for 214 points in 225 playoff games. Six times in his career Glenn Anderson was a member of a Stanley Cup champion.