Whether it be Kurri, Gretzky, Messier, or even Paul Coffey, all have been recognized for what they accomplished both individually and as a group. Heck, even good old Dave Semenko comes to mind being the enforcer protecting all of these greats. However, one name that never seems to be mentioned in the same breath as those listed is number nine Glenn Anderson.
For years, I have watch the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony and it seems as though this debate is always brought up and the same question is asked: Why is Glenn Anderson not in the NHL Hockey Hall of Fame? To this question, one can only respond with one simple answer: who knows?
Obviously, Anderson was not as flashy of a player as Mark Messier or Wayne Gretzky, however, he was not a pushover either. He was the type of player who was not afraid to go into a corner or lay a hit on his man.
That being said, over the course of his 17 year career, Glenn was no stranger to the score sheet either. The five time all-star right winger finished his career having played in 1,129 games with four different teams. He scored 498 goals and added 601 assists to go along with 1,120 penalty minutes. Averaging nearly a point per game in the regular season, Anderson finished just short of the coveted 500 goal plateau and sits 38th on the All-Time Goals list, ahead of Hall of Famers such as Peter Stastny and Darryl Sittler.
However, this consistency was not limited to regular season play either. In 225 career playoff games, Glenn recorded 214 points (93 goals and 121 assists). These numbers make Anderson fourth all-time on the playoff scoring list behind former teammates Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier as well as fifth on the playoff goals list. Along with these personal statistics, Anderson was a member of six Stanley Cup winning teams, five with the Oilers and one with the New York Rangers in 1994.
Thus the question remains, why is Glenn Anderson not a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame?
Is it because he was overshadowed by so many of the all-stars on his roster? Possibly. Could it be that critics feel that Anderson only achieved such statistical success because of the players around him? Maybe. Or could it be the newly rumored reason, that Glenn Anderson is not a Hall of Fame hockey player, for the mere fact that he is secretly homosexual?
Although each of these answers are just speculation, none of them seem valid enough to refute the numbers and they don’t lie. But for now, Glenn Anderson remains on the outside looking in when it comes to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and remains hockey’s all-time most underrated player.
Let’s just hope the National Hockey League realizes this before it has its own Pete Rose on its hands.