Our good friend at Sportsology, Russ Cohen, passed along this article to us and allowed us to reprint it here. Like him, I share a tremendous respect for the Hockey Hall of Fame -- it's the only one of the "Big Four" that I haven't been to and I want to rectify that when I make it up to the fun town of Toronto some day -- and I am personally a huge fan of "The Professor" Igor Larionov. I even own a copy of the DVD that was released in honor of his retirement; it's pretty sweet -- it's got the all-star retirement game that was thrown in his honor and an accompanying documentary.
As such, I'm pleased to reprint Russ' article here.
Anderson heads interesting 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame inductees
By Russ Cohen
Glenn Anderson is a player who has been overshadowed by some of the greatest names to ever play the game. Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Jarri Kurri and that list of ex-Edmonton Oilers seems endless and now
“I’m really kind of humbled by it,” said Anderson, who is rarely a man of few words.
The other three inductees are Igor Larionov, Ed Chynoweth (in the builder category) and Ray Scapinello (in the referee/linesman category).
“I did catch myself while walking on the streets of
“You don’t realize how great the players are until you play with them,” he said, talking about his former teammates and his recent play with Larionov over in
“We were invited over by the President of Belarus,”
Larionov and Anderson have stayed busy and the Russian player has his own reasons to be thrilled about being inducted.
“To be recognized is a huge part of Russian and international hockey,” he said. “It’s nice to see. For me to be inducted next to Slava and other Russian players like Valeri Kharmalov, who I got to play four game with before he died, and (Vladislav) Tretiak ...”
Scapinello never missed a game.
“I’m so humbled by this honor. Obviously the highlight of my 33-year career.”
Chynoweth had passed away in April, so his sons spoke on his behalf. He was one of the founders of the CHL.
If you haven’t made the trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame, check it out this November!