ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Scott Niedermayer is ready to teach the Anaheim Ducks a few more things about winning.
The former Ducks captain and four-time Stanley Cup champion defenseman will be an assistant to Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau this season, the Ducks announced Friday.
Niedermayer won't make every road trip with the club, and he won't stand behind the Ducks' bench during most games. But the former Canadian Olympic captain and Norris Trophy-winning defenseman will take a more active role with the Ducks after spending the previous two seasons in player development for Anaheim.
"The last couple of years, I've been working with players in Syracuse and Norfolk (with the Ducks' AHL affiliate clubs), and I realized I do enjoy it, maybe more than I thought when I was a player," Niedermayer said in a phone interview. "I don't think I could have predicted that when I was a player. I probably couldn't predict this when I was a player. I'm excited about the chance to try and help."
Niedermayer spent the final five seasons of his 18-year career with Anaheim, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL's playoff MVP while leading the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2007.
Niedermayer was a six-time All-Star who won the Norris Trophy in 2004 while playing for New Jersey. He won three Stanley Cup titles with the Devils in 1995, 2000 and 2003.
The offense-minded defenseman retired in June 2010 at just 36 years old, determined to spend more time with his family after several previous flirtations with retirement. Along with his four Stanley Cup rings, Niedermayer won two Olympic gold medals, a Memorial Cup title in junior hockey with the Kamloops Blazers and gold medals in the IIHF world championships and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
The British Columbia native remained in Orange County with his wife and four sons after retirement, spending the last two years as a consultant to general manager Bob Murray and the Ducks' hockey operations department.