A Hockey Hall of Famer from Cranbrook says it’s an honour to have his jersey retired for a second time.
Scott Niedermayer’s #27 will be lifted into the rafters of Anaheim’s Honda Centre in February.
Niedermayer spent five seasons with the Anaheim Ducks, capturing a Stanley Cup in 2007.
The former defenceman says joining forces with his brother Rob was one of his highlights as a Duck.
“Growing up in Cranbrook, we played together every other year and were together almost all the time growing up.” says Niedermayer. “Hockey took us on our own paths for a while but then to be able to reunite near the end of our careers and to win a Stanley Cup together was a very special moment for both of us.”
Niedermayer says it’s an honour to be recognized by the team he finished his career with.
“I was fortunate that when I did decide to sign in Anaheim as a free agent, just how well it worked out to be able to come into an organization that went on to win a Stanley Cup and all those types of things.” says Niedermayer. “It worked out very well and then for them to decide to do this is obviously pretty special.”
Niedermayer credits his coaches and teammates from minor hockey in Cranbrook is a vital part of his development.
“It was a little bit of a different time.” says Niedermayer. “We didn’t know much, there was no internet and none of that so we were just out there having fun playing hockey together. I have many, many great memories from those years for sure.”
The Cranbrook native was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013 and says the key to success in hockey is to enjoy playing everyday.
“You have to enjoy what you’re doing because it takes work and there’s going to be some bumps in the road but if you enjoy it [and] you’re willing to push through all those things, see what you can do.” explains Niedermayer.
The Niedermayer name continues to show up in the hockey world even in 2018 as Scott’s son, Jackson Niedermayer, recently signed with the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.
The 2007 Conn Smythe Trophy winner says it’s exciting for him to see his son begin his junior career.
“It’s going to be a big step going from playing youth hockey to making the step to junior hockey so he’s excited about that and we are as well.”
The 18-year NHL veteran had his jersey retired by New Jersey in 2011.
His #27 will be retired for a second time on February 17 when Anaheim hosts the defending champion Washington Capitals.
– Scott Niedermayer, former NHL player