Special memories of No. 9

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:48 AM ET

Back in the day, Glenn Anderson had some extra motivation playing for the Edmonton Oilers.

For every goal he scored, a donation was made to the Cross Cancer Institute, located on the University of Alberta campus.

In the 1984-85 season, Anderson scored 54 goals and added 10 more in the playoffs as the Oilers won their second consecutive Stanley Cup.

"That year I scored over one-fifth of the goals that the Oilers are being expected to score next year," Anderson joked yesterday. "Maybe I should come back."

Having retired as the fourth-leading scorer in Stanley Cup playoff history with 93 goals and 121 assists in 225 games, Anderson finally got his due and will be among this year's class inducted in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

On January 18, the Oilers will pay tribute to the speedy sniper by retiring his jersey and lifting it to the rafters alongside those of the team's other honourees.

"Never in a million years as a kid growing up would I have dreamed that this could be possible," Anderson said.

"You can dream that you want to travel the world or be a hockey player, but as far as having your number raised to the rafters or being inducted into the Hall of Fame, it's beyond a dream."

Along with announcing the date of Anderson's jersey retirement, the Oilers also introduced a partnership with the Cross Cancer Institute similar to the one Anderson had more than 20 years ago.

However, instead of just a couple of private donors sponsoring one player, the Oilers Community Foundation has created a program to battle prostate cancer at the institute by accepting pledges from the public for every goal the team scores this year.

Last season the Oilers scored 235 goals. The team is projecting upwards of 250 this season.

"You can't put a price tag on what goes on in here at the Institute," Anderson said.

"Back then it really encouraged me and made me a better player for it. I wasn't just playing for my teammates on the ice, I was also playing for the team that was in here.

"It made me perform a lot better because I knew I had a lot more on the line."

Anderson, 47, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 along with Russian Igor Larionov, former linesman Ray Scapinello and WHL icon Ed Chynoweth.

Anderson was originally selected by the Oilers in the fourth round (69th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. In 12 years with the team he scored 417 goals and added 489 assists in 845 regular-season games.

He went on to win five Stanley Cups with the Oilers before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the 1991-92 season. After three years in Toronto, Anderson joined the New York Rangers, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 1994.

"Putting Glenn's number up with the other honoured players at Rexall Place is absolutely deserving and it's the right thing for our organization to do," Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe said in a statement issued by the team.

"Glenn could bring fans out of their seats with his unbelievable goals and they always seemed to be such timely goals, especially in the playoffs.

"Being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame is the perfect tribute to one of the greatest Oilers."


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