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Scott Niedermayer (born August 31, 1973) is a Canadian ice hockey defenceman and team captain of the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Niedermayer is known for his skating stride, and knack for leading or joining the offensive rush. He is considered to be one of the top defensemen in the league. Though he was born in Edmontonmarker, Albertamarker, Niedermayer grew up in Cranbrookmarker, British Columbiamarker. He is the older brother of New Jersey Devils forward Rob Niedermayer and cousin of Edmonton Oilers defenceman Jason Strudwick. As of 2007, Niedermayer is the only player to take home every major North American and international championship in his career; he has won the Memorial Cup, World Junior Championship gold, World Championship gold, Olympic gold, the Stanley Cup and the World Cup.

Playing career

Niedermayer was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils with the third overall selection from the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He was considered one of the most promising and offensively talented defenceman ever drafted out of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). The Devils drafted Niedermayer using the first round draft pick they had previously acquired from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Tom Kurvers on October 16, 1989.

After playing an initial 4 games with the Devils in the 1991–92 season, Niedermayer recorded 11 goals and 40 points in his rookie campaign in 1992–93, enough to be named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. He improved to 46 points in his second NHL season in 1993–94 and embarked on a lengthy playoff run with the Devils to the semifinals, where they were defeated by eventual Stanley Cup champions, the New York Rangers in seven games. Niedermayer and the Devils followed their near berth in the Stanley Cup Finals with another playoff run the following season in 1995. Facing the Detroit Red Wings in the Finals, the Devils swept the series to win the first Stanley Cup in franchise history and Niedermayer's first of his career.

Niedermayer then recorded 33- and 35-point campaigns the next two seasons before emerging with 14 goals and 57 points in 1997–98, his most productive season with the Devils. In 2000, Niedermayer and the Devils won their second Stanley Cup, defeating the Dallas Stars. During the playoffs, Niedermayer tied a record held by both Larry Murphy and Paul Coffey for most shorthanded goals scored by a defenceman in the playoffs with 2.The Devils reached the Finals for the second consecutive year in 2001, but were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche in seven games. After a 39-point effort in 2002–03, Niedermayer helped lead the Devils to their third Stanley Cup championship in eight years, though his brother, Rob, was on the losing end, with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. His 18 post-season points marked the highest playoff total of his career and tied teammate Jamie Langenbrunner for the league lead.

In 2003–04, Niedermayer put together his second 50-point season with 14 goals and 40 assists. With fellow defencemen Scott Stevens and Brian Rafalski out of the lineup for extended periods for the Devils during the season, he became all the more valuable for the club. He was also given the captaincy in Stevens' absence, beginning on January 9, 2004. That season, Niedermayer won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenceman, ending Nicklas Lidstrom's three-year hold on the award.

Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Niedermayer remained inactive the following season. Then, becoming an unrestricted free agent in the 2005 off-season, Niedermayer ended his twelve-season tenure with the Devils, signing with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to a four-year, $27 million contract on August 4, 2005. It was reported that New Jersey had offered him a contract that would have made him the highest paid player on the team with a league-maximum salary of $7.8 million, but his desire to play alongside his brother Rob, who had played against the Devils in the 2003 Finals with Anaheim, outweighed the financial advantages. Before the start of the 2005–06 season, he was named the team's captain, succeeding Steve Rucchin, who had departed for the New York Rangers. In his first season with the Ducks, Niedermayer recorded a then-career-high of 63 points and helped carry the Mighty Ducks to the Western Conference Finals where they were eliminated by the Edmonton Oilers.

The following season, in 2006–07, Niedermayer was joined on the Ducks' blueline by another Norris Trophy-winner, Chris Pronger, who was an integral part of the Ducks' playoff defeat to the Oilers. The tandem of Pronger and Niedermayer helped the newly-named Anaheim Ducks set franchise records in almost all categories, with Niedermayer also improving on his previous career-high in points with 15 goals and 59 points. He then helped Anaheim win their first Stanley Cup, defeating the Ottawa Senators 4-1 in the finals. Niedermayer's leadership and prowess on the ice, scoring 11 points in 21 games, garnered him the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP. Playing with brother Rob, the two became the first brothers to win the Stanley Cup together since Duane and Brent Sutter won the Stanley Cup in 1982 and 1983 with the New York Islanders.

Though he had just won his fourth Stanley Cup and had recorded personal statistical bests, Niedermayer announced on June 19, 2007, that he was contemplating retirement. With training camp approaching, on September 6, 2007, he held a press conference where he stated he is still undecided on his playing status. As training camp then began on September 11, he was subsequently suspended by the Ducks. This was, however, for salary-cap reasons and not as a punitive measure. In April 2008, it was reported that the Ducks had fined him $500,000 for missing the training camp. As a result of his seeming retirement, he was replaced by Chris Pronger as team captain on September 28.

Niedermayer remained undecided until 28 games into the Ducks' 2007–08 season, when he announced on December 5, 2007, that he would, in fact, return and play for the remainder of the campaign. Later in the season, teammate Teemu Selanne, who had also held out during the season as he contemplated retirement, similarly announced his return to the team. Note that the late arrival of both Niedermayer and Selanne was curious way for the Ducks to avoid salary cap issues during the 2007-08 season. Playing in a limited 48 games, Niedermayer recorded 25 points. Going into the 2008 playoffs as defending champions, the Ducks were defeated by the Dallas Stars in the opening round. Niedermayer again briefly contemplated retirement, before announcing on June 26, 2008, intentions to fulfill at least one more year of the two remaining on his contract. Before the start of the 2008–09 season, it was announced on October 7, that Niedermayer would regain team captaincy (Pronger remained captain following Niedermayer's comeback the previous season).

In the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, he successfully led his 8th seeded Anaheim Ducks in beating the 1st seeded San Jose Sharks in six games. The Ducks were eliminated by the Detroit Red Wings in the semi-finals in seven games.

Niedermayer is the only Canadian player in the history of hockey to have won what many consider to be the "six major championships for Canadian players," those championships being the Stanley Cup, Memorial Cup, World Junior Ice Hockey Championship gold, IIHF World Championship gold, Olympic gold, and a World Cup of Hockey title.

Personal life

Niedermayer and his wife Lisa have four sons: Logan John, Jackson Robert, Joshua Leo and Luke Scott.

Awards and achievements



Movements



Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1989–90 Kamloops Blazers WHL 64 14 55 69 64 17 2 14 16 35
1990–91 Kamloops Blazers WHL 57 26 56 82 52
1991–92 Kamloops Blazers WHL 35 7 32 39 61 17 9 14 23 28
1991–92 New Jersey Devils NHL 4 0 1 1 2
1992–93 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 11 29 40 47 5 0 3 3 2
1993–94 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 10 36 46 42 20 2 2 4 8
1994–95 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 4 15 19 18 20 4 7 11 10
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 79 8 25 33 46
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 5 30 35 64 10 2 4 6 6
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 14 43 57 27 6 0 2 2 4
1998–99 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 11 35 46 26 7 1 3 4 18
1998–99 Utah Grizzlies IHL 5 0 2 2 0
1999–00 New Jersey Devils NHL 71 7 31 38 48 22 5 2 7 10
2000–01 New Jersey Devils NHL 57 6 29 35 22 21 0 6 6 14
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 76 11 22 33 30 6 0 2 2 6
2002–03 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 11 28 39 62 24 2 16 18 16
2003–04 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 14 40 54 44 5 1 0 1 6
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 82 13 50 63 96 16 2 9 11 14
2006–07 Anaheim Ducks NHL 79 15 54 69 86 21 3 8 11 26
2007–08 Anaheim Ducks NHL 48 8 17 25 16 6 0 2 2 4
2008–09 Anaheim Ducks NHL 82 14 45 59 70 13 3 7 10 11
NHL totals 1183 162 530 692 746 202 25 73 98 155


International play

Played for Canada in:



International statistics
Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1991 Canada WJC 3 0 0 0 0
1992 Canada WJC 7 0 0 0 10
1996 Canada WCH 8 1 3 4 6
2002 Canada Oly. 6 1 1 2 4
2004 Canada WC 9 3 2 5 12
2004 Canada WCH 6 1 1 2 9
Senior int'l totals 29 6 7 13 31


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Note: Scott Niedermayer served as the Devils captain for the latter half of the 2003–04 NHL season.
Scott Stevens was injured and out of the lineup during that time.



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