Glenn Anderson: how to be the best hockey player

by the Abbot on February 26, 2011

in Hockey

A ten-part collection of rare, exclusive video from Best Player in the World: we call it The Anderson Series (good title, no?). Once every week for the next ten weeks, this space will showcase a new video interview clip featuring six-time Stanley Cup champion and NHL Hall of Fame hockey star Glenn Anderson as he discusses his career, his teammates, his inspirations, his relationship with the media, his opinion on today’s game – and how to be the best hockey player you can be.

And you can get these riches delivered to your email inbox, free. Nothing to buy, no hidden costs. No salesman will call. There’s no catch, Virginia. All you have to do is sign up as a Best Player subscriber (just over there, top of the right sidebar) – near the darkly ironic pic of the guy reading the paper, where it says, “Subscribe via email.” Then you’ll be automatically notified when new posts go up on this page, including the nine remaining video clips in The Anderson Series. It’ll be just like joining us in the bar and talking hockey with Glenn – except you won’t have to pick up the tab.

Glenn Anderson was a key member of one of hockey’s greatest teams – the 1980s Edmonton Oilers. With teammates like Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, and linemate Mark Messier, Anderson won five Stanley Cups in Edmonton. It was there he really learned what it takes to be the best and to win. He later used his winning ways to help the Toronto Maple Leafs reach the Cup semi-finals in 1993 and the New York Rangers win the title in 1994. Anderson finished his brilliant NHL career with over 1100 games, 498 goals and 601 assists, and remains one of history’s top playoff scorers, performing at his best when it mattered most. He was also a big name in international hockey, representing Canada many times over 15 years. And you’re about to hear him talk about all of this.

Best Player in the World sat down with Anderson in the perfect spot to talk hockey – Real Sports, a massive shrine of a sports bar in the shadow of the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, not far from the Hockey Hall of Fame where he was (finally) inducted in 2008. Anderson is an excellent interview, contrary to the perception of many in the media over the years. No, he won’t mechanically dish up cliched answers in response to cliched questions – but he is thoughtful, funny, and eloquent on a range of subjects (as you will see).

Enjoy this first clip; share it, embed it, and check each week for the latest installment as The Anderson Series brings you insights from one of the best.

Anderson: he always knew exactly what was happening, and now he tells us

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Andy Hill February 27, 2011 at 12:06 am

Great question, and surprising and thoughtful response. It’s making me think about about my own life. I look forward to the rest of the series! I actually played some hockey with Glenn myself. We were on the same floor hockey team at Burnaby Central High School: The Pigs. Perhaps a question or two about The Pigs?…

the Abbot February 27, 2011 at 6:18 am

Great point, Andy. I’m a bit familiar with the Pigs myself, and having now discussed these things with Glenn, my feeling is that he has approached all his sports (from the Pigs right up to & including his NHL career) in the same way as he’s approached his life – on his own terms, with a pretty rigorous attention to standards of excellence…but his own standards, not necessary any received wisdom from coaches, media, or legions of NHL (or Pigs) fans.

Stay tuned for more about the Pigs in future interviews…

Superscout February 27, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Andy – one thing I found interesting about doing this session with Glenn – and then examining his words and message as I edited the video – is that I too started to think a bit about my own life. I really like what Glenn has to say about living life according to your passions. I think he’s right. I think that you can only be happy and successful if you live according to that philosophy. There are more gems in the other video segments…

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