Niedermayer To Return To Bench

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Anaheim, CA - Fan favorite Scott Niedermayer was announced as an assistant to coach Bruce Boudreau for the season by an official release today. Niedermayer had been a hockey operations consultant for the Ducks after retiring at the end of the 2009-10 season. The former defenseman will join fellow assistants Bob Woods and Brad Lauer, and video coordinator Joe Piscotty on the bench.

“I’m very excited to expand my role with the Ducks and take on a new challenge,” said Niedermayer. “I’m grateful to Bob Murray, Bruce Boudreau and the Ducks organization for giving me this opportunity and can’t wait to get started.”

The 39 year old former captain helped guide the team to the Cup in 2007. He is the only player to have won a Stanley Cup (4), Olympic gold medal (2002, 2010), World Championship (2004), World Cup, Memorial Cup (2004) and World Junior title (1991). To date, no other player other than Niedermayer has even won five of those six competitions.

“As a player, Scott was one of the great leaders and winners of all time, making him a tremendous addition to our coaching staff,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “His knowledge of the game and relationship with the players will be a great benefit for us. And he’s even a better person than a hockey player.”

This addition should be a huge boast as the Ducks look to climb out of the cellar of the Pacific Division.

Topics: Anaheim Ducks, Bob Woods, Brad Lauer, Bruce Boudreau, Coaching Moves, Pacific Division, Scott Niedermayer

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  • http://twitter.com/CamLanier Cameron Lanier

    I think Scotty’s relationship to the players will be huge. He won the cup in Anaheim with a few guys still on the Ducks roster, and was the captain previous to Getzlaf. He apparently was a believer in handing the captainship to Getzy, and maybe, just maybe, he can help Getzy figure out how to excel in his personal game while still acting as a solid captain. Not many did that better than Neidermeyer, hopefully he can help Getzlaf figure it out.

    • thekrishill

      Definitely. Getzlaf seems to be great at one or the other on any given night.