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Niedermayer hones new skill as assistant coach

Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 4:06 PM / 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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54