Niedermayer named Ducks special adviser for hockey operations

Scott Niedermayer was named special adviser for hockey operations for the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

“I’m really pleased that Scott has taken on an increased role on our hockey operations staff,” Ducks general manager Pat Verbeek said. “His winning culture and great hockey spirit will help all of our players and staff move forward.”

The Hall of Fame defenseman and four-time Stanley Cup champion scored 740 points (172 goals, 568 assists) in 1,263 NHL games in 18 seasons with the New Jersey Devils and Ducks. Niedermayer won the Norris Trophy, voted the NHL’s top defenseman, with the Devils in 2003-04.

The 48-year-old played five seasons with Anaheim (2005-10) and was captain when the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007 and was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP, with 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 21 playoff games.

Niedermayer is Anaheim’s all-time leading defenseman with 264 points (60 goals, 204 assists) in 371 regular season games. He also scored 34 points (eight goals, 26 assists) in 56 playoff games. In 2006-07, he set the Ducks record for most points (69) and assists (54) by a defenseman.

He played 13 seasons with New Jersey, winning the Stanley Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003 before signing as a free agent with the Ducks before the 2005-06 season. He scored 476 points (112 goals, 364 assists) in 892 games with the Devils and 64 points (17 goals, 47 assists) in 146 playoff games.

Niedermayer was named one of the NHL’s Top 100 Players of 2017. He had his number 27 retired by the Ducks on February 17, 2019 and by the Devils on December 16, 2011, and is the eighth player in NHL history. the NHL to have his number retired by two NHL teams.

He is also the only player in hockey history to have won the Stanley Cup four times and an Olympic gold medal twice (2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, 2010 Vancouver Olympics).

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