After amassing 55 points in 41 games as a rookie at the University of Denver, Glenn Anderson was drafted in the 4th round (69th overall) by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. The following season he joined the Canadian National Team and participated in the 1980 Winter Olympics at Lake Placid. Anderson would join the Edmonton Oilers for 58 games during the 1980-81 season and scored 30 goals during his impressive rookie campaign. He would follow that up with back to back seasons with over 100 points and established himself as one of the NHL’s top scorers. His tenure with the Oilers would continue for 8 more seasons where he averaged more than a point per game and was an integral piece to their five Stanley Cup appearances between 1984-1990, including 22 points in 22 games during the Oilers last Stanley Cup win in 1990.
Prior to the 1991-92 season, Anderson was traded along with Grant Fuhr to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a blockbuster deal and quickly became one of the Leafs top scorers. One year after his arrival, he helped lead the Maple Leafs to within one game of the Stanley Cup Final. His point total dipped during the 1993-94 season and he was dealt to the New York Rangers for Mike Gartner at the trade deadline. In New York, Glenn joined several former Oiler teammates and scored two game winning playoff goals as the Rangers brought New York their first Stanley Cup Championship since 1940.
Anderson would play 68 more NHL games with the St. Louis Blues & Edmonton Oilers between 1994-96 and would finish his career playing in Europe for teams in Germany, Finland, Italy & Switzerland. Throughout his NHL career, Anderson played in 1129 regular season games scoring 498 goals and 1099 points. He also scored 93 goals and 214 points in 225 career playoff games. Anderson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008 and his number 9 was retired by the Edmonton Oilers in 2009.