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AP Source: Niedermayer to announce retirement @NHLdotcom

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -A person with knowledge of the situation says defenseman Scott Niedermayer will announce his retirement from the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday.

The source, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official announcement hadn't been made, says Niedermayer will retire four months after captaining Canada to a gold medal at the Vancouver Olympics.

The 36-year-old Niedermayer is the Ducks' captain and a four-time Stanley Cup champion with New Jersey and Anaheim. He has 172 goals and 568 assists in an 18-year NHL career, the last five seasons spent with the Ducks.

Niedermayer is expected to make an official announcement Tuesday afternoon at the Honda Center, the Ducks' home arena. The Orange County (Calif.) Register previously reported Niedermayer's pending retirement.

Niedermayer likely has won more championships at more levels of hockey than any player of his generation. In addition to his two Olympic gold medals and four Stanley Cup rings, he won a Memorial Cup title in junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers and gold medals in the IIHF world championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.

Niedermayer then capped his career with the gold-medal victory in his native British Columbia.

Niedermayer has considered walking away from hockey for several years. After the Ducks won their only Stanley Cup title in 2007, he skipped the first 28 games of the following season while contemplating retirement before deciding to return.

He has been among the best offensive defensemen of his era, ever since he scored 40 points as a 19-year-old rookie with the Devils in the 1992-93 season.

He won his first Stanley Cup in 1995 before adding championships in New Jersey in 2000 and 2003. Niedermayer won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman in 2004.

He signed with Anaheim after the NHL lockout, choosing to play alongside his brother, Rob, and immediately elevated the Ducks. Anaheim won the Stanley Cup in 2007 with Niedermayer and defenseman Chris Pronger playing nearly 30 minutes per game apiece, and Niedermayer won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP with 11 points in 21 games.

The Ducks traded Pronger to Philadelphia last July to avoid giving him a huge contract extension, and Anaheim's play immediately suffered. After getting off to a terrible start to the season, the talented Ducks failed to make the playoffs despite having eight Olympians on their roster, finishing 11th with 89 points. Niedermayer's minus-9 rating was the worst of his career.

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