Scotty has done a lot with his time on the ice.
He was the captain when the Canadian team ousted the United States in overtime to win the gold medal in the 2010 Olympics. Of course, it’s only fitting that Scotty won the gold in Canada while the Olympics were in Vancouver that year. An Olympic gold isn’t the only thing on Scotty’s resume. Scotty is one of the most decorated hockey players of our time.
He is the only Canadian player to have won an Olympic gold, a Stanley Cup, a World Championship, World Cup of Hockey, Memorial Cup and World Junior Championship title. That definitely is a feat that most hockey players can’t even fathom.
Thankfully, the fans in Anaheim were able to watch the gifted defenseman as he wore the Ducks’ logo for five seasons. He is one of the huge reasons why Anaheim’s first encounter with Lord Stanley was watching Scotty hoist it in 2007. Before Anaheim, Scotty was well-known with the New Jersey Devils — spending 13 seasons on the East. He also won four Stanley Cups with New Jersey — one as he faced against the Mighty Ducks and his brother Rob Niedermayer where the Devils triumphed in a Game 7.
“I’ve been tremendously fortunate throughout my hockey career of playing with great teammates, for good organizations and getting a chance to play for Canada in a bunch of international competitions,” Niedermayer said. “That has added up to some success and some championships and some great memories. This is a great way to sort of sum all that up.”
Fortunate is an understatement. Scotty is one of the best defenseman of all-time.
I remembered when Scotty decided to retire how disappointed I was. The guy was still young enough to play at age 36 — in hockey years — and he still appeared to have a lot left in him. Then I reminded myself of his humble character and understood that he no longer had to prove anything or needed to go out on top.