Andy was a dandy

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:18 AM ET

There were plenty of memories about Glenn Anderson and a good representation of those who recalled his contributions to the glory days of the Edmonton Oilers.

At a private function for No. 9 last night at the Sutton Place Hotel, former teammates, coaches and a veritable who's who of Edmonton's movers and shakers swapped stories in advance of Sunday's banner-raising ceremony.

Anderson was well-deserving of his Kamikaze Kid nickname for his knack of driving the net to be among the NHL's all-time greats when it came to scoring clutch goals.

Today is Glenn Anderson Day, noon at city hall. That's followed by a fantasy camp scrimmage from 2:30 to 4:30 at the River Cree Resort & Casino's twin arenas.

Here are just a few of the stories making the rounds yesterday:

Dave Semenko, Anderson's first Oilers roommate and currently a scout for the club:

"We became good friends. Coming out of the chute, he was a bit different. He had different opinions. He was a little different than a lot of other rookies who came in. He sort of went to the beat of his own drummer, but he was such an amazing hockey player.

"He used to talk in his sleep a lot and have wild nightmares. He'd wake up in the middle of the night and I didn't know what was going on. There might have been somebody in our room he wanted to get rid of.

"If you're down a goal in a big game, he was one of the five guys you wanted on the ice because he had that ability to score those big goals. A lot of guys got on the ice and were afraid of making a mistake and getting a goal scored against them, whereas Andy's mentality was 'I'm going to go out and get that goal.' He had the confidence of his ability."

Ron Low, former Oilers teammate:

"My only question is what the hell took them so long to get him in the Hall of Fame? " said Low, who is currently on paid vacation, courtesy of the Ottawa Senators.

"A lot of guys who went in before him weren't half the player he was. When push comes to shove, he was the best guy under pressure that has ever played. If you want to win in the playoffs, you need somebody to score the big ones and he did that on a regular basis."

Craig Simpson, Anderson's former linemate and current SportsNet commentator.

"From the day I arrived in Edmonton until the day he got traded, I was lucky enough to play with Glenn and Mark (Messier). What a treat to get to play with two such highly skilled, highly motivated, great people at a young age. I was 20 years old. They taught me about winning and caring and being a part of something special here. I have a lot of good memories and a lot of good moments luckily being part of his career.

"It's a great honour to be with the guys who are the core of what made Edmonton special during that time.

"To see No. 9 up there will be a real fitting tribute."

Jari Kurri, who arrived from Finland on Wednesday to honour his former teammate.

"It's always nice to be back here. There's a lot of flashbacks and he is a nice friend. He was a really exciting player. He always showed up at key times. He seemed to really have fun out there, on the ice and off the ice.

"I think he still owes me a few beers.

"It's been a great year for him, getting into the Hockey Hall of Fame and having his number retired."

Kevin Lowe, former teammate and current Oilers president, hockey operations.

"Everybody knows about Andy's zest for life, so it makes it doubly special. It's a little longer coming than it should have been, so it makes it even that much more enjoyable. We won six Cups together (one with the New York Rangers). It's a great relationship, both on and off the ice."

Dave Hunter, former teammate.

"It was great to play with Glenn. He was was a free spirit and played fearless. You always knew, in big games, he'd come through. We were very fortunate at the time to have so many guys who got along. We stuck up for each other and he was one of the best."


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