The Hockey Hall of Fame committee made the right choice when they named Scott Niedermayer as a member of the 2013 class. Niedermayer had an amazing career, and he truly deserved to be recognized for all his efforts and triumphs as an NHL superstar.
There were several players eligible for enshrinement this year, but lets take a look at why Niedermayer was chosen.
Player: Scott Niedermayer
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 200 pounds
Playing Career: 1991-2010
Teams Played For: New Jersey Devils, Anaheim Ducks
Hall of Fame Resume
Scott Niedermayer was one of the greatest defenders of his era, and he had a lengthy career that spanned 18 seasons. During his career, Niedermayer won a Conn Smythe Trophy, a Norris Trophy and he was a three-time All-Star.
Niedermayer was also a member of the prestigious Triple Gold Club, a group that recognizes players who have won the Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a World Championship medal.
The former Devils and Ducks blueliner won four Stanley Cups, three with the New Jersey Devils and one with the Anaheim Ducks, he won gold at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics, and he won a gold World Championship medal in 2004.
In addition to that, Niedermayer won gold at the 1991 IIHF World Junior Championship and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. When you add all the medals, Niedermayer is the only player to ever win every major North American and international championship.
He certainly has the international and NHL qualifications to be in the Hall of Fame, but his ability to succeed with the New Jersey Devils really makes him stand out as an all-time great.
The New Jersey Devils were notorious in the 1990s for the trap, a system that suppressed offense, but Niedermayer was able to shine as an offensive blueliner. He was able to put up 57 points in 1997-98, but his best offensive years came during his time with the Ducks.
Although Niedermayer was a solid two-way defenseman, he was known for his great offensive tools. During his career, he tallied 740 points in 1,263 games and 98 playoff points in 202 games. As his career went on, Niedermayer continued to shine, and as a true testament to his skill and conditioning, Niedermayer ranked 11th in scoring among defenders during his last year in the NHL.
Niedermayer’s greatest achievement was when he won his fourth and final Stanley Cup during the 2006-07 season. It was the same year he won the Conn Smythe Trophy, because he was a rock offensively and defensively for the Ducks. Niedermayer had 11 points in 21 games, and he was a major reason why the Ducks were victorious.
It was a great achievement, and the moment that followed will never be forgotten. After hoisting the Cup, Niedermayer passed the Cup to his brother Rob, and to this day it is a great clip on many Stanley Cup highlight reels.