Scott Niedermayer, who had been contemplating retirement since he won his fourth Stanley Cup in 2007 but made it official in 2010, has returned to the team where he won Lord Stanley for the fourth time. He will join the Anaheim Ducks as an assistant coach.
After his 2010 retirement, Niedermayer stayed on with the Ducks as a hockey operations consultant, but now he’ll make the move behind the bench right near head coach Bruce Boudreau.
“I’m grateful to Bob Murray, Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks organization for giving me this opportunity and can’t wait to get started,” Niedermayer said.
Over the course of nearly 20 years in the NHL, Niedermayer only played for two teams: the New Jersey Devils and the Ducks. He came to the Ducks in August 2005 and was named the team’s sixth captain in its history a few months later. When the Ducks became the first Californian team to win the Stanley Cup in 2007, Niedermayer won the Conn Smythe Trophy. But those two distinctions are not the only honors in his trophy case. He’s also won gold at two different Olympics, a gold at the 2004 World Championship, a gold at the 1991 World Junior Championship, gold and silver at two different hockey World Cups and a Norris Trophy.
Before his time in the NHL, he also won the Memorial Cup, which is often considered one of the most difficult trophies to win in all of sports simply because players are restricted by age and only eligible to win it for a few years.
Niedermayer has two fellow assistant coaches who will help show him the ropes.
Also, he made some funny turns as a spoiler of Bobby Ryan‘s attempts to win little competitions against Ryan Getzlaf at two different NHL Awards: