Scott Niedermayer was named assistant coach of the Anaheim Ducks on January 11, 2013. He joins assistant coaches Bob Woods and Brad Lauer, and video coordinator Joe Piscotty on head coach Bruce Boudreau's staff.
"As a player, Scott was one of the great leaders and winners of all time, making him a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," Ducks general manager Bob Murray told the team's website. "His knowledge of the game and relationship with the players will be a great benefit for us. And he's even a better person than a hockey player."
Niedermayer, 39, played with a number of the current members of the Ducks, including Teemu Selanne, who is more than two years older than his new "coach." They were teammates when the Ducks won the Cup in 2007.
"I see him more like [an] individual coach," Selanne told the Orange County Register. "He can help a lot of young players and give good thoughts and feedback."
Niedermayer said during his playing career he never envisioned himself as a coach, but has enjoyed his time in that realm. So could there be a time when he expands a role he never saw himself getting into, possibly shifting into coaching full time?
"I guess I've thought about it," he said. "Would I have predicted that this is where I'm at a few years ago? Probably not. It's hard for me to predict the future at this point. I'm taking it as it comes. I didn't really want to rush into anything. The reason I did retire was to get the opportunity to do some things with my family, and I've enjoyed that. Anything's possible at this point. I definitely have enjoyed the bit of coaching involvement I've had to this point. If that trend continues, anything's possible."