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Niedermayer hones new skill as assistant coach

Wednesday, 11.6.2013 / 4:06 PM ET / Features
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Niedermayer hones new skill as assistant coach
Niedermayer hones new skill as assistant coach

Scott Niedermayer slowly is working his way into a second career in hockey, as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks.

Niedermayer doesn't consider himself a full-time assistant because he typically doesn't travel with the club to road games. But since the start of last season, he has been at every home game and every home practice and usually is working with Anaheim's defensemen, particularly younger ones like Cam Fowler, Luca Sbisa, Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen.

"The organization has allowed me to do that and I've really enjoyed it," Niedermayer told NHL.com. "The reason I retired was to have some time to do different things with my family. This is really allowing me to do that as well as be involved and pass along things I learned during my career to some of the younger players coming into the League. I enjoy doing that."

Niedermayer said he has no plans to become a full-time, traveling assistant coach any time soon, but he could see it happening eventually. He's content now being involved in the lives of his four boys, Logan, Jackson, Joshua and Luke.

"It is fun to see your team out there having success and trying to help these young guys to see them improve," Niedermayer said. "I never would have guessed I'd be in this situation 10 years ago but I'm enjoying it. There are a slew of guys that we're just trying to point in the right direction, give them pointers. I'm not making decisions on the club's strategy and that, but a lot of personal things, the mental approach to the game, that's sort of where I want to help out."

-- Dan Rosen, NHL.com

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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