Devils to retire Scott Niedermayer's No. 27

Scott Niedermayer (#27) will have hius jersey retired by the Devils in December. (QMI Agency, file)

Scott Niedermayer (#27) will have hius jersey retired by the Devils in December. (QMI Agency, file)

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NEWARK, N.J. - The New Jersey Devils will retire Scott Niedermayer's No. 27 jersey on December 16, when the club hosts the Dallas Stars.

Niedermayer, who announced his retirement as a player on June 22, 2010, spent the final five seasons of his career with the Ducks after 12 full seasons and part of another with the New Jersey Devils.

He won three Stanley Cup titles with New Jersey and led the Ducks to the 2007 championship while winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

"Scott Niedermayer's talent and leadership played significant roles in each of our three Stanley Cup Championships," Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello said. "We look forward to welcoming the Niedermayer family back to New Jersey as we retire Scott's no. 27."

Selected by the Devils with the third overall pick of the 1991 draft, the Edmonton native made his NHL debut during the '91-92 season at age 18 and became a mainstay of the New Jersey blue line the following year. He helped the Devils to Stanley Cup titles in 1995, 2000 and 2003 and played one more season in New Jersey, winning his only Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman in 2004, before moving on to Anaheim.

In addition to his Cup triumphs, Niedermayer also won an Olympic gold medal with Canada at the 2002 Games and has been a part of title teams at the World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Juniors -- making him the only player in history with all six championships.

Niedermayer was selected to the All-Star Game six times, missing one contest because of injury, and was a First-Team NHL All-Star in 2004, 2006 and 2007 with a Second-Team selection in 1998.

In 1,263 regular-season games, Niedermayer scored 172 goals and added 568 assists for 740 points. He added 25 goals and 73 assists for 98 points in 202 playoff games.

"You don't really think about it, but then when you do get that call and you do have the time to think about it, it means a lot," Niedermayer said. "I was in New Jersey for a long time and had a lot of great things happen to me there. It's a special honour, for sure."


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