| Date of Birth:
August 31, 1973
Place of Birth: Edmonton, AB
Years on National Team:
Weight: 200 lbs
As the only hockey player on the planet to have ever won a Junior World Championship (1991), a Memorial Cup (1991-92), a Senior World Championship (2004), a World Cup of Hockey (2004), a Stanley Cup (1994-95, 1999-00, 2002-03) and an Olympic Gold medal (2002), Scott Niedermayer is clearly the kind of winner Canada is happy to have on their 2006 roster.
The swift-skating defender first made his mark in junior hockey as a star player for Kamloops in the early 1990's. Always a heady player, he was named the Scholastic Player of the Year in the CHL in 1990-91. He went on to become a first-team WHL All-Star, for the second consecutive season, and MVP of the Memorial Cup one year later.
In 1991, Niedermayer was drafted third-overall by the New Jersey Devils, behind Eric Lindros (Quebec) and Pat Falloon (San Jose). He would make the NHL All-Rookie team in 1992-93 and has subsequently been named an NHL All-Star on three occasions.
As a member of many talented Devils' squads, Niedermayer has enjoyed plenty of team success as well, winning three Stanley Cups thus far. In 2003-04, with long-time teammate Scott Stevens clearly slowing down, Niedermayer finally stepped out of his shadow and parlayed his 54-point (14-40-54), plus-20 season into his first Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.
Curiously, known more for his speed and finesse rather than bone-rattling bodychecks, Niedermayer led Team Canada in penalty minutes, with nine, at their gold medal-winning performance at the World Cup of Hockey in 2004.
After spending the NHL lockout year with his wife Lisa and three sons, John, Jackson, and Joshua, Niedermayer decided he wanted to spend even more time with his west coast-based family. After considering several new cities, the highly-coveted free agent ended up signing a huge deal with Anaheim in August of 2005, where one of his new teammates is his brother Rob. Thus far in 2005-06, the Ducks have struggled but with a player with Niedermayer's winning touch around, it's only a matter of time before they right the ship.
February 8: Niedermayer still to decide
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