Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The Oilers won all of their Cups when I was between the ages of 16 and 22. I remember watching the clinching game of their first Cup up at our camp on the smallest TV ever. My Dad had this little black and white running off of a car battery. The screen was not much bigger then a postcard, seriously. My Mom is into gadgets and I would bet that at the time this TV would have been state of the art, sort of a precursor to the portabl;e DVD players you see today. So I saw that first championship win in miniature. I remember being happy. Despite being a Chicago fan I liked the Oilers and their youthful elan, especially when contrasting them with the grizzled Islanders.
Let me tell you something about those teams and the talent assembled - at the time Glenn Anderson didn't take a backseat to anybody but Gretzky. What I mean is this - you had Gretzky whose genius was acknowledged (remember these are the years when he was scoring 200 points) and then you had the stars - the sneering bullish Messier, the calm sniper Kurri, the smooth Coffey (greatest skater I have ever seen), the cool and athletic Fuhr and the mercurial explosive Anderson. Then you had the supporting cast - the steady Dmen Lowe and Huddy, the chattering Finn Tikkanen and so on.
My point - a simple one. Anderson did not take a back seat to any of the other stars because he was one with them. This guy was arguably the most dangerous individual Oiler - out of nothing he could explode past the D and score. He didn't score his goals tipping in point shots, knocking in Messier's rebounds or getting Gretzky to bank shots off of him. He created a lot of his own offence from nothing.
A great great player. In an elite HHOF which is often discussed at LT's site, he likely does not get in but there are plenty of present members who do not. In this HHOF he should be a lock. One of the great players in the game for over a decade and six Cups, five which he was a big big part of winning. For anyone who watched hockey in the eighties and early nineties the answer is a simple one. Glenn Anderson belongs in the Hall.
Posted by Black Dog at 6:33 AM