This is Part 2 of a 3-part series that goes in-depth on the 5 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees. Last part dove into the career of the legendary Chris Chelios. This part will focus on the two players drafted by the Devils, Brendan Shananhan and Scott Niedermayer. The last part will focus on Geraldine Heaney and Fred Shero.
Scott Niedermayer began in the Western Hockey League which features Western Canada and Northwestern United States. He spent two seasons on the Kamloops Blazers. He was then chosen 3rd overall by the New Jersey Devils in 1991. He played 4 games for the Devils that year (totaled 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes) and then spent the rest of the season back in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers. With the Kamloops Blazers he totaled 156 games, 47 goals, 143 assists, 190 points, and 177 penalty minutes. In the playoffs, he totaled 34 GP, 11 G, 28 A, 39 PTS, 63 PIM.
The 1992-93 season was his first full-time with the Devils and he went on to play in 12 straight seasons with the Devils. In the 1998-99 season, he played 5 games for the Utah Grizzlies in the International Hockey League (the alternate to the AHL, disbanded in 2001). He had 2 assists during that stretch.
The 2003-04 season would be his last on the Devils as he joined his brother, Rob, on the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for the 2005-06 season. After a name change, the Anaheim Ducks kept Niedermayer until he retired. He played a total of 5 seasons with the team.
His NHL regular season totals: 1,263 GP, 172 G, 568 A, 740 PTS, 784 PIM.
His NHL playoff totals: 202 GP, 25 G, 73 A, 98 PTS, 155 PIM.
Through his career he represented Canada in international events. He played on the Canadian Junior Team and also the Canadian National Team. In 1991, Canada won the Gold Medal in the World Junior Championship. Team Canada won a Silver Medal in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey and a Gold Medal in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. They also won Gold at the 2004 World Championships in the Czech Republic. He also won Gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics for Team Canada.
His Junior Totals are 10 GP and 10 PIM. His Senior Totals are 36 GP, 7 G, 9 A, 16 PTS, and 35 PIM.
Other awards and honors:
- WHL Western Conference All-Star – 1990-91, ’91-92
- Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy – WHL Scholastic Player of the Year – 1990-91
- CHL Scholastic Player of the Year – 1990-91
- Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy – MVP of the Memorial Cup – 1992
- NHL All-Rookie Team – 1992-93
- Second Team All-Star – 1997-98
- First Team All-Star – 2003-04, ’05-06, ’06-07
- Played in NHL All-Star Game – 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009
- James Norris Memorial Trophy – Top Defender in the NHL – 2003-04
- Conn Smythe Trophy – MVP of the Postseason – 2007
- World Junior Championship All-Star Team – 1992