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Glenn Anderson played in Edmonton for eleven seasons, joining them during their five marches to the Cup between 1984 and 1990.
TORONTO -- Bill Hay, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Board of Directors and Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame's Selection Committee, announced today that Glenn Anderson and Igor Larionov have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, Ed Chynoweth was posthumously elected. In the Referee/Linesman Category, Ray Scapinello was elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto.

"The Hockey Hall of Fame is proud to welcome these four hockey legends as Honoured Members," said Jim Gregory. "Their contributions to the game of hockey are well documented and their election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is richly deserved."

Glenn Anderson hails from Burnaby, British Columbia where he played for the Bellingham Blazers and the University of Denver before being drafted by the Edmonton Oilers 69th overall in the 1979 entry draft. He played in Edmonton for eleven seasons, concluding his stint in 1990-91. He was consistently near the top of the NHL in scoring and thrived in the playoffs, scoring overtime winners and game-clinching goals in each of the Oilers five marches to the Stanley Cup between 1984 and 1990. In 1992, Anderson was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he became one of the Leafs' top scorers and once again a playoff leader, as Toronto made it to within one game of the Cup Finals in 1993.

"It's a great phone call to receive from Jim Gregory," said Anderson. "It is an honour to go in and join many of my Edmonton Oilers' teammates, I know they have been very supportive, which means a lot."

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Igor Larionov was already one of the top hockey players in the world when he made his NHL debut in 1989 at the age of 29. A native of Voskresensk in the former USSR he won eight consecutive Russian League Championships with CSKA Moscow in the Soviet Elite League and won Player of the Year in 1988. A member of the Soviet National team he won two Olympic gold medals (1984 and 1988). Igor played for the Vancouver Canucks from 1989 to 1992, the San Jose Sharks from 1993 to 1995 and then Detroit Red Wings for eight seasons — including three Stanley Cup championships.

"This is very exciting news, I can't really put into words or to describe what this honour means to me", said Larionov. "It's very touching to know that I will be celebrating one of the top accomplishments in my hockey career by being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. So many great players from the 1900s to the current day are in the Hockey Hall of Fame. This truly is a great honour."

Igor Larionov won three Stanley Cups since making his NHL debut in 1989.
In the Builder Category, former Western Hockey League Commissioner Ed Chynoweth was elected posthumously. The native of Dodsland, Saskatchewan became the first full-time President of the Western Canada Hockey League (now WHL) in November of 1972. He was a founder of the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League (now CHL) in 1973. He was President of the CHL for 20 years before being awarded a WHL expansion franchise in August, 1995 — the Kootenay Ice. Ed Chynoweth passed away on April 22nd, 2008.

"This is a tremendous honour for my father," said his son Dean Chynoweth. "My father had a passion for the game of hockey and was committed to doing whatever it took to improve the game. Our entire family is very proud."

In the Officiating category former NHL linesman Ray Scapinello was elected. Ray played minor hockey in Hespeler, Ontario and after retiring from Junior C hockey he began his career as an official as a 20-year-old in Guelph. Three years later in 1971 he began his career as an NHL linesman. In 33 years as an NHL official — 2508 regular season and 426 playoffs — he never missed a game.

"When I started in this business my mindset was to keep working so I never could have imagined this," said Scapinello. "I am very appreciative that former Referee-In-Chief Scotty Morrison took a chance and gave me the opportunity to have so many enjoyable years in the NHL."

The 2008 Induction Celebration will be held on Monday, November 10th at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

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