Anderson can only wait

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

Glenn Anderson joined a group of Hockey Hall of Famers for the Legends tour this past weekend, but knows his chances of getting into BCE Place with the rest of the Hall crowd anytime soon are remote.

The recent retirements of Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Scott Stevens and Al MacInnis push back a group of players who were on the bubble; Anderson, Dino Ciccarelli, Steve Larmer and Rick Middleton.

Next year, Patrick Roy, Pavel Bure and Doug Gilmour will be eligible with Mike Richter also in the mix. In 2007, the so-called Fab Five -- MacInnis, Francis, Messier, Stevens and Igor Larionov -- are due.

"Other people are more worried about it than I am," Anderson said. "It's something that's a great honour. If it happens, it happens. I won't lose sleep over it."

FOX IN THE HOUSE

Actor Michael J. Fox was a surprise attendee yesterday when Cam Neely received his Hall ring. They met as teens in Vancouver.

"He's a good friend and he's easy to look up to and not just because he's taller than me," Fox said.

Neely was asked if there were any more movie roles in his future after a bit part as the ornery character Sea Bass in Dumb and Dumber a few years ago.

"I'm not pounding on doors looking for work," Neely said. "There are enough out-of-work actors."

ICE FOLLIES

Few Hall of Famers can boast South Porcupine, Ont., as their birthplace, as can inductee Murray Costello. Fewer still can say they once skated home from a road game.

Costello said it happened when he was 15 and freezing rain covered the road that led from McIntyre Arena in Schumacher, four miles to Costello's home. Buses and cars were out of the question.

"We decided that rather than showering in the arena we'd skate home down the highway," Costello said. "The coach was a little concerned but he knew there'd be no cars on the road. We showered in our own dressing room back home. And we won the game."

WITNESS FOR THE DEFENCE

Ex-Leaf Dave Ellett says playing defence in today's NHL is survival of the fittest.

"Now you have to have body position and keep your feet moving," Ellett said. "The guys who have been able to do that are surviving. (The rule changes) are something that was needed. I love the way it has opened (the game) up. At least there are highlights now, not of goalies making saves, but of actual goals."

"My concern is that they've taken out the one-on-one battles in the corner and (eliminated) the Neely-type player. There's a possibility you could score 50 this year and not have a bruise.

"To me, the front of the net and the corner were somewhat sacred. The physical part of the game always has to be there, in my opinion. It's one of the reasons the fans come to the games."


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