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Devils to honor Scott Niedermayer

Sweater No. 27 to be retired during December 16 ceremony

Monday, 09.26.2011 / 1:27 PM ET / News
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Newark, NJ – The National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils will honor defenseman Scott Niedermayer, one of their all-time greatest players, by raising his no. 27 to Prudential Center’s rafters on Friday, December 16, when the club hosts the Dallas Stars at 7:00 PM.  The announcement was made by Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.

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

Niedermayer, who was one of just five individuals to play on all three of New Jersey’s Stanley Cup Championship teams, announced his retirement as a player on June 22, 2010.  His 17-season National Hockey League career included 12 years with New Jersey from 1991-92 through 2003-04, and five seasons with Anaheim from 2005-06 through 2009-10.  Niedermayer served the Devils as captain from January 9, 2004 through the end of the 2003-04 season.  He captained the Ducks to the 2007 Stanley Cup Championship, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player.

“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,” added Niedermayer.  “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.”

Born August 31, 1973 in Edmonton, Alta., Niedermayer appeared in 892 regular-season games in a Devils’ sweater, trailing only Ken Daneyko (1,283 games) and Scott Stevens (956) among defensemen in franchise history.  His totals of 112 goals, 364 assists, and 476 points all rank first in team history at the position.  Niedermayer had career totals of 172 goals and 568 assists for 740 points in 1,263 regular-season games.  He was the recipient of the 2003-04 James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team three times (2003-04, 2005-06 & 2006-07), 1997-98 Second All-Star Team, 1992-93 All-Rookie Team, and participated in five NHL All-Star Games (selected, but did not play in 2007).  Niedermayer also saw action in 202 career post-season contests, recording 25 goals and 73 assists for 98 points and 155 penalty minutes.  He was New Jersey’s first choice, and third overall selection in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft.  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 played for Gold Medal-winning Team Canada at the 2002 and 2010 (Captain) Olympic Winter Games (selected, but did not play in 2006).  He also represented his country at the 1996 and 2004 World Cup of Hockey, winning the championship in 2004.  Niedermayer played for Canada at the 2004 World Championships (Gold), as well as the 1991 (Gold) and 1992 World Junior tournaments.  He played three seasons of junior hockey at Kamloops, where the Blazers won two WHL Championships.  Niedermayer was named MVP of the 1992 Memorial Cup, as his squad captured the championship.  He is the only individual to win at every level:  Stanley Cup, Olympic Gold Medal, World Cup, World Championship, World Junior Championship, and Memorial Cup.

Scott and his wife, Lisa, have four sons:  John, Jackson, Joshua, and Luke.  He will become the third player in team history to have his jersey number retired, joining Stevens (4), Feb. 3, 2006 and Daneyko (3), Mar. 24, 2006.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59