Edmonton Oilers decide to retire Glenn Anderson’s No. 9 this season

EDMONTON – Glenn Anderson is set to join the Edmonton Oilers elite.

The NHL team will retire Anderson’s No. 9 before a game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Jan. 18, 2009. Anderson’s number will go into the rafters at Rexall Place, joining Al Hamilton, Wayne Gretzky, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Paul Coffey and Mark Messier.

Anderson is set to go into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.

“Putting Glenn’s number up with the other honoured players at Rexall Place is absolutely deserving and it’s the right thing for our organization to do,” said Kevin Lowe, Edmonton’s president of hockey operations. “Glenn could bring fans out of their seats with his unbelievable goals and they always seemed to be such timely goals, especially in the playoffs.”

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Anderson put up 498 goals and 1,099 points in 1,129 career regular season games.

He won five Stanley Cups with the Oilers and added a sixth with the New York Rangers in 1994. Anderson also represented Canada at the 1984 and 1987 Canada Cups.