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True to form, Glenn shares the credit

CON GRIWKOWSKY

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

Even though his career is full of major achievements, Glenn Anderson has always been a bit shy about blowing his own horn.

Always wary of the media during his playing career and not comfortable in a one-on-one situation, Anderson did most of his talking with his on-ice play.

He had a reputation as a bit of a free spirit and when asked why he would want to live out of the box, he gave a succinct answer.

"Who would want to live in the box?" he said.

Anderson spend the first 11 years of his NHL career here, winning five Stanley Cups before being packaged with Grant Fuhr and Craig Berube in a trade to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sept. 19, 1991, for Vincent Damphousse, Peter Ing, Luke Richardson, Scott Thornton, future considerations and cash.

There were many magic moments and, in a media scrum after yesterday's city hall ceremony, Anderson put his time here in perspective.

"I don't think there's just one," Anderson said as he scoured the championship banners hanging in city hall.

"There's so many. Looking around at these posters here, it brings back great memories of my teammates. I like their accomplishments a lot more than my own.

"Looking back at the banner in '87 with Kevin (Lowe) with the Stanley Cup over his head, I think he was the greatest leader. He kept our dressing room on the straight and narrow and he said the right things all the time. Everything he said in the dressing room and even today makes sense."

Anderson has always left it to his teammates to hand out the kudos. Over the past few days, they've gone through the gamut of his personality quirks, his fearlessness, his determination, his clutch performances and the fact he should have been in the Hockey Hall of Fame earlier.

Anderson has chosen to see himself as a contributor in a much larger group and, as such, has defined himself as a bit player on the most special team in hockey history.

"It proves the fact the tradition of the Oilers and the history of it lives and breathes to this moment and this day," said Anderson.

"Obviously, we won because of the backing we had for each other. We trusted in each other. We had the same passion, the same drive and we accomplished the walk together by winning the Stanley Cup.

"People who are like each other tend to like each other."

Feelings of brotherhood are common among groups who have gone to war together - and when the divergent chemistries of players like Anderson and the more laid-back Jari Kurri somehow mesh.

"I was usually a bit more excited and outgoing than Jari was," said Anderson. "Jari was a bit more laid-back. The yin and the yang of it, we fed off each other. His ability to play the game was spectacular, but he was also a great human being off the ice. What makes it special is when you know you have players like that backing you on your team."

Anderson also took his off-ice charity work with the Cross Cancer Institute very seriously.

"That's the key issue," said Anderson. "When my banner goes up on Sunday, your kids' kids or a mother taking her children to the game, they'll say, 'What was No. 11 and what was 99? Who were those guys?' Basically, they can say his legacy still lives on. The charitable aspect of it is still alive in this city 20 years later. The stuff we were doing back in '85, we're still doing today."

Anderson now lives in Manhattan with his wife Susan and daughter Autumn, who was looking forward to a return visit here.

"She's been here before because she likes to go shopping at West Edmonton Mall," said Anderson.


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