Scott Niedermayer – North West Athlete Spotlight

NHL: Scott Niedermayer Profile

It’s hard to talk about great Northwest without hearing Scott Niedermayer’s name.

The retired defenseman is known as hockey’s winningest player of all time.

Niedermayer is the only player to have won every major North American and international hockey championship in his career, including the Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, IHF World Championship, World Cup, World Junior Championship and Memorial Cup.

Niedermayer was born in Edmonton but was raised in Cranbrook, B.C.

He played his junior hockey out west with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers. By the time his career with the team ended, he’d won a Memorial Cup and was considered one of the most highly regarded NHL defense prospects of all time.

Northwest Athlete Profile: Scott Niedermayer

The New Jersey Devils drafted Niedermayer third overall in 1991 (with a pick they received from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Tom Kurvers. Ouch!)

The rest is history.

If Paul Coffey was the greatest skater of his era, he passed the mantle to Scott Niedermayer. The pride of Cranbrook’s career highlights included Stanley Cup victories with the Devils in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

He also helped the Anaheim Ducks to their first and only Cup win in 2007.

Most recently, Niedermayer put the cherry on top of his great career by winning his second career Olympic gold medal with Canada in 2010. The blueliner’s personal highlights included the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman in 2004 and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 2007.

Niedermayer is retired after 18 amazing seasons. However, you get the feeling that the 38-year-old could step right back into an NHL lineup and play 30 minutes tomorrow.

Any chance the Canucks knock on his door if they’re short a defenseman come playoff time this year?

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