Scott Niedermayer ( born August 31, 1973 in Edmonton, Alberta ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defender and current coach, who played during his playing career 1992-2010 for the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League. Niedermayer was at this time the most successful players ever and was accepted into the Triple Gold Club in 2004. In 2013 he was honored with induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
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Scott Niedermayer began his career in 1989 in the Western Hockey League with the Kamloops Blazers, where he was one of the outstanding defender, since he was able to achieve 190 points in his 156 games. In 1991 NHL Entry Draft, he was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the first round at position three. In the season 1991/92 he completed his first four games in the National Hockey League for the Devils, before he became an integral part of the team in the fall of 1992.
He was elected to the All- Rookie team NHL in 1993, and in 1995 he celebrated with the New Jersey Devils first Stanley Cup triumph. In 1998 he first played in the NHL All-Star Game, and in 2000 he won with New Jersey for the second time the Stanley Cup.
2002, Niedermayer at the Olympic Winter Games and won with the Canadian National team the gold medal. A year later Niedermayer showed with 18 points ( two goals, 16 assists) the best playoff balance of his career. As a reward, he won for the third time the Stanley Cup. 2004 Niedermayer was awarded the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the best defender in the NHL.
Scott Niedermayer's contract in New Jersey expired in the summer of 2005, and he decided to leave the Devils after almost 14 years. He signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim a four - year contract for a total of 27 million U.S. dollars. His brother Rob Niedermayer at the time was also in the team of the Ducks. In his first season he led the Ducks in Anaheim as a team captain on the ice and reached 63 points, a new personal record meant.
In the 2006/07 season he improved his personal bests in goals, assists and points and was the top scoring defense in the NHL with 69 points. In the playoffs, he pulled out a with the Ducks to the Stanley Cup final. The Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators, and Niedermayer won for the fourth time in his career, the Stanley Cup. To this end, he was Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award of the playoffs with the Conn Smythe Trophy and was nominated for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the best defender.
Shortly after the last final match declared Niedermayer, whose contract runs for two years that he was considering his retirement from active sport of ice hockey, but could still make a final decision. Almost three months later, on 6 September 2007 Niedermayer announced at a press conference that he has still not made a decision, also will not participate in the training camp of the Anaheim Ducks and is not yet beginning of the season in the squad of the Ducks. In December 2007, Niedermayer finally declared that he would continue his career and returned to the team. After completion of the 2009/10 season, he finished his career as a player. On 16 December 2011, the New Jersey Devils officially locked his jersey number 27, which has since been awarded to any player within the team.
After completion of the NHL lockout in the 2012/13 season he was appointed in January 2013 as assistant coach of the Anaheim Ducks and support there next head coach Bruce Boudreau also the former assistant coach Brad Lauer and Bob Woods at work.
Scott Niedermayer was considered one of the best defenders in the league, especially because of its all-round ability and his quickness.
Scott Niedermayer is the only player in the history of the NHL, the Stanley Cup, two-time Olympic gold, the Ice Hockey World Championships, the World Cup of Hockey, has won the Memorial Cup and World Junior Championship. He is a member of the Triple Gold Club.
Awards and achievements
- 2001 NHL All-Star Game
- 2003 Stanley Cup win with the New Jersey Devils
- 2004 NHL All-Star Game
- 2004 James Norris Memorial Trophy
- 2004 NHL First All -Star Team
- 2006 NHL First All -Star Team
- 2006 Mark Messier Leadership Award of December
- 2007 NHL All-Star Game ( injury-related cancellation )
- 2007 Stanley Cup win with the Anaheim Ducks
- 2007 Conn Smythe Trophy
- 2007 NHL First All -Star Team
- 2008 NHL All-Star Game
- 2009 NHL All-Star Game
- 2013 inclusion in the Hockey Hall of Fame
- 2004 Gold Medal at the World Championships
- 2004 Member of the Triple Gold Club
- 2004 Gold Medal at the World Cup of Hockey
- 2010 Gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games
Represented Canada at:
- U20 World Junior Championships 1991
- U20 World Junior Championships 1992
- World Cup of Hockey 1996
- 2002 Winter Olympics
- World Cup 2004
- World Cup of Hockey 2004
- 2010 Winter Olympics
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )