In a search for some good news, I found some great news for one of the best to ever darn an Anaheim jersey. Former Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer will be inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2012. Niedermayer currently fills his time as a part of Player Development for the Ducks, but also has begun his environmental activist career. He has become a spokesman for the World Wildlife Fund, which is currently helping to try and prevent the threatening of forests in British Columbia.
Niedermayer has certainly been a winner for a long time. He has won a championship at every level, Memorial Cup, World Junior Hockey Championship, World Championship, World Cup and Olympic Gold. He has also won three Stanley Cups. Of course, his most memorable Cup win came in 2007 while captaining the Anaheim Ducks along with his brother Rob. Well, I don’t know if that IS his most memorable, but it certainly is our fondest memory of him.
Niedermayer had this to say on the honor:
“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. 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. It means a lot to get recognized for your accomplishments over a long period of time. It means a lot.”
I remember disliking him for the longest time when he was with the New Jersey Devils, being a Philadelphia Flyers fan. I never disliked him for not being a good guy because he always was a good guy. It was just that he was soooo good and he was on one of my least favorite teams. But, once he made the move to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, that all changed. He’s a true class act and a great ambassador for the game of hockey. It won’t be too long before his name gets enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame either.