9 Days Until The Season Begins

Cam Lewis
7 months ago
Throughout the summer and into the fall, we’ll be counting down the days until the Edmonton Oilers begin their 2023-24 season with a daily trip down memory lane. Today at No. 9 we have Glenn Anderson, one of the seven players who was a member of all five of the team’s Stanley Cups.
Anderson scored 55 points in 40 games for the University of Denver during the 1978-79 season and then the Oilers selected him in the fourth round of that summer’s draft. He spent the 1979-80 season playing with the Canadian National Team program and scored four points in six games at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid.

Anderson made his NHL debut with the Oilers in 1980-81 and scored 30 goals and 53 points across 58 games as a rookie. The Oilers finished the season with a mediocre 29-35-16 record but pulled off a shocking upset in the first round of the playoffs when they swept the Montreal Canadiens in three games.
The Oilers took a big step forward during the 1981-82 season and finished with a 48-17-15 record but were upset in the first round of the playoffs by the L.A. Kings. Anderson suited up for all of the team’s 80 games during the regular season and scored 38 goals and 105 points.
The New York Islanders beat the Oilers in the 1982-83 Stanley Cup Final to capture their fourth championship in a row. The Oilers came back the following spring and won what would be their first of four Stanley Cups in five seasons. They won their fifth in 1990 despite trading Wayne Gretzky away in the summer of 1988.
Anderson scored 417 goals and 906 points for the Oilers over 845 regular season games and added 81 goals and 183 points for the team across 164 playoff games. He was traded along with Grant Fuhr to the Toronto Maple Leafs a few weeks ahead of the 1991-92 season as the Oilers were looking to slash payroll.
After two seasons in Toronto, the Leafs flipped Anderson to the New York Rangers. He joined a handful of other former Oilers in New York, including captain Mark Messier, and helped the Rangers win the 1993-94 Stanley Cup, the team’s first championship in 54 years.
Anderson made stops with the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks and made a short return to Edmonton during the 1995-96 season. He played the 1996-97 season in Europe and then retired after that.
All told, Anderson won six Stanley Cups and scored 662 goals and 1,455 points in the NHL. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Oilers retired his number in January of 2009.

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