Ducks retire former captain Scott Niedermayer's No. 27
Hall of Fame defenceman guided Anaheim to 2007 Stanley Cup title
The Anaheim Ducks raised Scott Niedermayer's No. 27 to the rafters at the Honda Center, honouring the Hall of Fame defenceman who helped lead the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup title in 2007.
The Ducks held the ceremony on Sunday night before their 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
Niedermayer signed with Anaheim in 2005 after 13 seasons with New Jersey. He scored 60 of his 172 career goals in five seasons with the Ducks. He remains the franchise leader in goals, assists, points and power-play goals (39) among defencemen.
The Ducks are raising No. 27 to the rafters. <br><br>Niedermayer won two Olympic gold medals with Canada, in 2002 and 2010. <a href="https://t.co/4rUeZ2AhMD">https://t.co/4rUeZ2AhMD</a>—@hockeynight
Niedermayer is the third player in Anaheim's 25-year franchise history to have his number retired, joining the No. 8 of Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya's No. 9. He is also the ninth player in NHL history to have his number retired by two teams after New Jersey honoured him in 2011.
Ever the consummate teammate, Niedermayer mentioned every player and coach on the 2007 title team before his number was raised.
The most important teammate though on that club was his brother, Rob. Scott Niedermayer said after the ceremony that the 2003 Stanley Cup Final, where his Devils beat Rob's Ducks in seven games in 2003, put the wheels in motion on trying to play with his younger brother.
"When we were 10 years old we would have loved to beat the heck out of each other in a Stanley Cup game and rub it in. When we were older in 2003 it was a different story," Scott Niedermayer said. "To win a Stanley Cup here exceeded what I thought was going to happen."
Rob Niedermayer is the first speaker up!<br><br>"Scott has had an amazing career and been a star player for the Ducks. But for all his accomplishments on the ice, he's an even better brother - and person - off the ice."<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/27Forever?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#27Forever</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LetsGoDucks?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LetsGoDucks</a> <a href="https://t.co/Df49qIciZW">pic.twitter.com/Df49qIciZW</a>—@AnaheimDucks
Niedermayer won the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is given to the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup playoffs, after the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games.
"The bigger the game, the better he played. He is the greatest champion of our generation," said former Anaheim great Paul Kariya. "His ability to control the game on offense and defense was unmatched by any player."
Niedermayer was the first player in hockey history to win a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior title. He is also the only player to have won a combination of four Stanley Cups and two Olympic gold medals.