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The Mork identity

TERRY JONES, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Glenn Anderson doesn't do it often anymore. But he's still capable of morphing back into Mork.

He did it yesterday in his Hockey Hall of Fame conference call interview session.

"I heard there's ghosts in the Hall," he said. "I can just imagine my picture probably looking right at Father Bauer or Glen Sather.

"I'm thinking about it as the plaque - I don't know what kind of picture they're going to use for me, but as the plaque is hung and if our ghosts at some point in time, when we're no longer around and the lights are out and nobody's there ... well, I can hear Slats going 'It's past curfew, you better go to bed.' "

Anderson was responding to a question from your correspondent which had, trust me, nothing to do with ghosts or anything else involved in the answer.

It was tough not to pick up on it. And a Toronto writer followed suit.

"So there's the whole space cadet thing that goes on as a young guy. Was that all justified, you know, the space cadet image, sort of, you know, the different drummer, and in a way do you kind of relish it now?" the scribe asked.

The writer was reacting to Anderson allowing that he'd been hung with the Mork nickname (from the alien character played by Robin Williams in the Mork and Mindy sitcom) in a column by the Edmonton sports columnist with whom he had a frosty relationship for the first few years of his career as a result - a relationship which would go on to warm up considerably in later years.

OLD WOUNDS

"Relish it? Well, I don't know about that! I think Terry would have a different opinion of me after spending some great quality time together. And I'm sure that's true with a lot of other people as well.

"The only way I could say I relish it is the fact that I'm really glad that I'm an individual and that I'm a little different than your average hockey player; which I think all players should be unique in their own way and beat to their own drummer. I mean that's part of life. I think, if anything, it's an attribute."

You can see how on occasion the deep-from-inside and the way-out-there Glenn Andersons could get confused. There were those on the conference call who were fishing to see if the Oilers' great would bite on the idea that the off-ice Glenn Anderson had kept the on-ice Glenn Anderson out of the Hall until this late date.

Fair question. In 16 seasons he played 1,129 regular-season games, recording 1,099 points on 498 goals and 601 assists, won five Stanley Cups in Edmonton in the 1980s and 1990, and one with the New York Rangers in 1994.

He appeared in 225 playoff games, which is his seventh on the all-time list and also ranks fifth in playoff goals with 93, seventh in assists with 121, and fourth overall all-time in playoff points with 214. And then there are perhaps his most impressive numbers, being tied for third in overtime playoff goals and tied for fifth with 17 playoff game winning goals.

He should have been an automatic inductee.

When Anderson spoke to that it definitely wasn't Mork speaking.

NO DEFINED STANDARD

"It's tough to judge on what determines what gets you in and what keeps you out," he said. "They don't say 'The criteria for getting in is this, and you meet this, this and this or what you do off the ice is material or immaterial.' I mean it's been over 10 years for me. It's a difficult question for me to answer because I don't know. Is it the stats? His championships? What is it exactly? It's not written in stone. So I don't know the answer.

"Of course you think about it, but I didn't dwell on it. As I get closer to the day we now get to reflect on a life history of what transpired. I've had a little time to think of it, more than your average person. So I'm savouring the moments and seconds as they go by."

Definitely not Mork.

But who shows up to the induction Monday? Mork? The other guy? Or both, like they did yesterday?


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