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Hall-woe feeling for Glenn

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Another year has passed and still Glenn Anderson finds himself on the outside looking in at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Oddly enough, the 46-year-old has never been closer. He joined the new Hockey Hall of Fame Legends Classic Tour for its debut last season and was watching in Toronto Monday as Calgary Flames part-owner Harley Hotchkiss was inducted along with goaltender Patrick Roy, Maple Leafs legend Dick Duff and the late Herb Brooks.

The charity tour pitting Canada vs. The World team kicked off in Toronto Sunday and stopped in Ottawa and Edmonton before landing in Calgary last night. It wraps up Sunday in Vancouver.

"The last two years, because of this tour, we're right there on top of it," said Anderson, a six-time Stanley Cup winner who is annually passed over for entry into hockey's greatest venue despite falling two short of 500 regular-season NHL goals and racking up more than 1,100 points in 16 years.

"Because we are there, you're a little more involved and you see firsthand exactly what's going on."

In other words, he got to see exactly what he's missing.

Ignoring his admirable regular-season stats is one thing but his playoff performances are legendary.

His 17 game-winners in the post-season rank fifth all-time and his six Cup wins -- five with the Edmonton Oilers dynasty and another with the New York Rangers -- are two more than Wayne Gretzky.

Anderson is too classy to rip the Hall or its induction committee but agrees he's uncertain what it takes to get in.

"I don't know what the criteria is and I'm not losing sleep over it," said a content Anderson in the guts of the Saddledome before getting dressed for last night's game.

Now a broadcaster for Madison Square Gardens and Fox in New York, where he takes on the role of analyst during pre- and post-game shows, Anderson manages to look past the politics -- some claim he has been continually passed over because of poor past relationships with some members of the media -- and see the silver lining in the situation.

"Well, at least I'm still on the ballot," said Anderson with a grin.

"I think that's a bonus. At least you're still eligible to get in the Hall."


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