Anderson honoured

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

EDMONTON -- It won't exactly be "Glenn who?" -- all of the Edmonton Oilers know of Anderson's legendary feats -- when he has his sweater raised to the rafters of Rexall Place tonight. It's just that a lot of them were watching cartoons and learning the alphabet when Oilers' No. 9 turned kamikaze hockey into an art form.

Kyle Brodziak grew up in Edmonton, but was just six years old when the Oilers won the most recent of their five Stanley Cups.

Andrew Cogliano wasn't even born when Anderson scored his first playoff game winner.

"Pretty vague," Brodziak said of earliest Anderson recollections. "I was still pretty young. I know the history for sure but I don't remember a lot of what style player he was. I recall he scored a few big goals, didn't he?"

A few. Like 93 in the playoffs, like 17 playoff game winners.

"I know a little bit about him," Cogliano said. "I've seen some of his big goals he scored."

It tells you how young the Oilers are that 10 players on their roster weren't born yet when Edmonton won its first title.

But for a few of the Alberta-born veterans, Anderson, like Messier, Gretzky, Kurri, Coffey and Fuhr, is living, breathing hockey royalty.

"When you think back to the Oilers in the '80s you think of maybe five guys and he was one of those guys," said defenceman Sheldon Souray, a big Oilers fan as a kid. "To see a guy like Glenn Anderson, who I grew up watching my whole young life, is pretty special. People in Edmonton who saw him on a regular basis know what a great player he was."

Whether they saw him play live or only on YouTube, whether they grew up in Edmonton or Ontario or the Czech Republic, they all understand what it means when another Oilers great returns home to have his sweater lifted to the rafters with the Stanley Cup banners he helped bring here.

"It'll be pretty cool," Cogliano said. "I've never been involved in one of those here."

"I was here for Paul Coffey night and it's a pretty cool experience to be part of it," said Brodziak, who was on call from the minors at the time.

"He'll come into the room and you get a chance to say 'hi,' to him, then seeing the banner get raised. It'll be a cool experience to be part of that."


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