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Niedermayer Elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Former Ducks defenseman (and current assistant coach) Scott Niedermayer has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Niedermayer will be enshrined at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Monday, November 11, 2013 (Toronto).

Below are his career accomplishments, and quotes from Scott himself, Henry & Susan Samueli, Bob Murray and Teemu Selanne.

Third Anaheim Duck to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, the first to play more than one season with the club (Adam Oates & Jari Kurri each played one season with Anaheim)

First Ducks defenseman to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame

First defenseman to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame who began his NHL career after 1990 (Niedermayer began his career in 1991-92)

The only player in hockey history to have won a Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior Title

Four-time Stanley Cup Champion
  -  Won one Cup with Anaheim (2007) and three with New Jersey (1995, 2000 & 2003)

2007 Conn Smythe Trophy Winner
  -  Was named the NHL’s Most Valuable Player during Anaheim’s Stanley Cup run

2004 James Norris Memorial Trophy Winner
  -  Was named a finalist as the NHL’s top defenseman three straight seasons (2004, 2006 & 2007)

Six-Time NHL All-Star
  -  Appeared in five All-Star Games (1998, 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2009)
  -  Was named to the 2007 All-Star Game but did not play due to injury

2002 & 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist, 2004 World Championship, 2004 World Cup Title, 1991 World Junior Championship with Team Canada
  -  Served as Team Captain at 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver

Three-Time First Team All-Star (2004, 2006 & 2007)

1993 NHL All-Rookie Team Member

1992 Memorial Cup Champion, Kamloops Blazers, Western Hockey League
  -  Stafford Smythe Trophy Winner as Memorial Cup MVP

13 Career Overtime Goals, the Most by a Defenseman in NHL History

All-Time Leading Defensive Scorer for the Anaheim Ducks and New Jersey Devils

The Only Player in Hockey History to have won Four Stanley Cups and Two Olympic Gold Medals

Below are quotes from Scott Niedermayer during a conference call following his election into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

"It's a pretty special feeling, too, after being able to win a championship and sitting in the room and just looking around and realizing the sacrifices and the things all of your teammates have done to help the team win. Those types of things are something that I'll remember."

On winning the Stanley Cup with brother Rob in 2007
Everyone’s been using the word fortunate, and we’ve all been blessed or had a lot of good people that contributed to our success, teammates and family, coaches, and all sorts of people like that. It was a pretty special moment to be able to play alongside my brother in the NHL for a few years, and then to be able to win a Stanley Cup together. To be able to hand him the Stanley Cup was definitely a highlight of my career. He played a long time, been close a couple times, and wasn’t able to pull it off. So, to do it alongside him was special, and probably something you’d never really dream of being able to do. A great memory that I’ll take with me forever for sure.

On what he was doing at the time of his Hall of Fame phone call

My wife and I are out on vacation on Vancouver Island, so we’re just kind of laying low. The grandparents have the kids. We went out, kept busy in the morning and when the call did come, it felt pretty good.

On his time with the New Jersey Devils
For me, as a young defenseman coming into the league when I did, probably couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity. The coaches that I had early in my career in New Jersey, and then to play alongside so many great veteran defensemen for the first two years of my career, was really an ideal spot for a young guy to come in and try to figure the game out. We had great teams and we were winning hockey games. We won some championships. There’s a long list. Scott Stevens, Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver, [Viacheslav] Fetisov, [Alexei] Kasatonov, Tommy Albelin. To be able to just be with these guys day in and day out and learn from them and watch what they do, really taught me a lot about being a pro and I’m probably on this call because of guys like that. I was very fortunate.

On what it means to be elected into the Hall of Fame with fellow defenseman Chris Chelios

I was part of one era, and Chris has probably been a part of a few, but the one thing that I do remember about playing against Chris was he was one of the toughest guys that played. Even as a defenseman, he was always giving me a hard time on the ice, making life miserable. Hopefully in November it’s not the same when we get to Toronto. [laughs]. He was such a competitor. You listen to his stories about growing up in Chicago and how he ended up where he did, probably just because he’s such a fierce competitor that nothing was going to stop him. That’s what it felt like playing against the guy. He was going to be out there to do anything he could to help his team to win. Whether it was a preseason game or a Stanley Cup Final game, he was doing everything he could to help the team win, and that’s what stood out for me.

On a defining moment or favorite memory of his hockey career
There are a lot of great people you meet, the friends that you make. Starting from growing up in a small town in B.C., playing pond hockey and working your way up and playing in the NHL, winning championships, representing your country. Just lots of fun moments with your teammates, on the road or getting dressed in some little rink somewhere for practice on the road. It’s a pretty special feeling, too, after being able to win a championship and sitting in the room and just looking around and realizing the sacrifices and the things all of your teammates have done to help the team win. Those types of things are something that I’ll remember.

Congratulations to Scott Niedermayer, undoubtedly one of the best players and winners of his generation. Scotty is a Hall of Fame player and person, one who exemplified class, character and determination to accompany his tremendous skill. He can be epitomized with one moment on June 6, 2007, when he was the Captain and Conn Smythe Winner of the 2007 champion Ducks - but was most proud to hand the Stanley Cup to his brother.” - Henry and Susan Samueli

Scott Niedermayer is a true champion, both on and off the ice. He won at every level and did so with class and dignity. He was one of the great leaders of his generation, always putting the team first. There is no greater role model for young players today. Congratulations, Scotty on an incredible Hall of Fame career.” - Bob Murray

I’m so happy for Scotty! He was one of the best players to ever play the game and deserves to join the legends of hockey in the Hall of Fame. It was unbelievable to watch him as a player, his skating was incredible. It was an honor to be his teammate. Congratulations, Scotty!” - Teemu Selanne

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