Monday, September 26, 2011
Devils to honor Scott Niedermayer
By Mike Mazzeo
Special to ESPNNewYork.com
The New Jersey 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 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," general manager 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 will have his ceremony prior to a game vs. the Dallas Stars. Niedermayer and the Devils defeated the Stars in 2000 to win the franchise's second Stanley Cup.
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 1991-2004.
"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 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 retired in June 2010 after 17 NHL seasons, and finished his career with the Anaheim Ducks. He won his fourth and final Cup with the Ducks in 2007.
Niedermayer won the Norris Trophy in 2003-04. 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.
Niedermayer served as the Devils' captain from Jan. 9, 2004 through the end of that season. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the playoffs in 2007 with Anaheim, and won two Olympic gold medals with Team Canada.
Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.