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Devils to retire Niedermayer's No. 27 Dec. 16

The Devils will be sending another player's number to the rafters.

Defenseman Scott Niedermayer will have his No. 27 retired by the club on Dec. 16, the team official announced Monday. Defensemen Ken Daneyko and Scott Stevens are the other Devils that have had their numbers retired.

“Scott Niedermayer’s talent and leadership played significant roles in each of our three Stanley Cup Championships,” GM Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “We look forward to welcoming the Niedermayer family back to New Jersey as we retire Scott’s No. 27.”

Niedermayer, one of just five Devils to be a part of all three of the team's Stanley Cup winners, played 12 seasons in New Jersey from 1991-92 to 2003-04.

“You don’t really think about it, but then when you do get that call and you do have the time to think about it, it means a lot,” Niedermayer said. “I was in New Jersey for a long time and had a lot of great things happen to me there. It’s a special honor, for sure.”

The Edmonton, Alta. native appeared in 892 regular-season games with New Jersey, third all-time behind Daneyko (1,283) and Stevens (956). His 112 goals, 364 assists and 476 points are all tops in the team’s history for a defenseman.

Niedermayer won the Norris Trophy in ’03-04. He was the team’s first round pick (No. 3 overall) in 1991. At 18 years, one month, and 15 days old at the time of his NHL debut, Niedermayer holds the distinction of the youngest player in team history.