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D Scott Niedermayer

2007 Conn Smythe Trophy Winner
5x NHL All Star Game Participant
4x Stanley Cup Champion
8x Top 13 Norris Voting(1, 2, 2, 5, 10, 10, 12, 13)
10x Top 16 AS Voting(1, 2, 2, 4, 9, 12, 12, 13, 14, 16)
3x Top 9 Hart Voting(7, 8, 9)
6x Top 12 Goals among D(7, 8, 9, 12, 12, 14)
8x Top 16 Assists among D(1, 2, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12, 16)
7x Top 14 Points among D(1, 2, 3, 3, 6, 12, 14)
5x Top 8 Goals among D in Playoffs(3, 4, 5, 7, 8)
5x Top 10 Assists among D in Playoffs(1, 3, 3, 8, 10)
5x Top 6 Points among D in Playoffs(1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
1st in Assists, Points among all players 03 Playoffs
2x Olympic Gold Medalist(2002, 2010)
2004 World Championships Gold Medalist
Captain of 2010 Olympic Gold Medalist Team Canada
New Jersey Devils Captain, 2004
Anaheim Ducks Captain, 2005-2007, 2008-2010

The key component for two Canadian Olympic gold medals seems to be hockey's winningest man: Scott Niedermayer.

Niedermayer captained Team Canada to gold in 2010, and was a top player on their previous gold medal championship in 2002. Niedermayer was inexplicably left off of the 1998 team, and was injured in 2006. Canada did not step on the podium without him.

He was instrumental in Canada's 2010 success, playing his best when his team needed him the most. The veteran was a calming influence and arguably the team's best defenseman in the gold medal game.

Niedermayer does not always get properly credited as one of the all time great blue liners. He has always been recognized as a great skill player, but not necessarily revered as a legend.

That is partially because his quiet, laid back persona off the ice. But on the ice he is a true champion. In addition to the two Olympic gold medals, Niedermayer has also won the Memorial Cup, World Junior and World Championships, a World Cup and four Stanley Cups. All he does is win.

To me, that makes him one of the greatest hockey legends.

Scouts raved about Niedermayer, especially his effortless, almost artistic skating. It was truly a treat to watch him skate, which is not something you normally say about players. He was the definition of skating agility. Scouts also liked his offensive instincts. Comparisons to Paul Coffey were inevitable.

In the Devils tight, defense first system Niedermayer never really did emerge as a Coffey-like offensive force. Instead he became a great, well rounded defender. He still carried the puck often and occasionally using his wheels for a highlight reel rush.

Niedermayer was somewhat overshadowed in New Jersey by team captain Scott Stevens. Stevens defined New Jersey hockey with his hard hitting, defensive focus. Niedermayer's skill set may have offered the Devils a nice change up, but he was also a flawless defender and an unnoticed physical player in his own fashion.

A four-time Stanley Cup winner in 1995, 2000, 2003, and 2007 Niedermayer is a strong puck carrying defenceman who is one of the league's best skaters and is blessed with outstanding speed and offensive instincts. In 2003-04, Niedermayer established a career high in points with 54 (14-40-54)and capped off his career year by winning his first Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.

If there was any player on Canada's Olympic roster who knew the mind-set and perseverance needed to win a tournament, it was the 36-year-old Niedermayer, a habitual champion. With Team Canada he won gold at the world junior championship in 1991, the World Cup and the world championship in 2004, and the Olympic gold medal in '02. He won the Memorial Cup, junior hockey's pinnacle, with Kamloops, in '92; he won three Stanley Cups with New Jersey ('95, 2000 and '03) and a fourth Cup with Anaheim in '07. He stands alone as the only player ever to win all six of those championships.

"Scott is our most decorated player," Yzerman says. "He's played in these events. He's well respected and a calming influence."

"He doesn't say much," said Babcock during the Games. "He just goes about his business and leads the way you want a guy to lead: by doing all the right things, not making mistakes, putting the team first."

"We missed Scotty's presence," recalled Jarome Iginla, a member of the '02, '06 and '10 teams. "Who can say what kind of a difference one man could have made, but he plays a great two-way game and we really didn't replace him."

From this humble start he became one of the most efficient skaters in the NHL—a player who has sometimes been called the best puck-moving defenseman since Bobby Orr.

One lesson from Niedermayer came in the second period of that preliminary-round loss to the U.S. Though not known as especially scrappy, Niedermayer uses physical play purposefully and can at times get under foes' skin.

They mostly sit and watch because either Scott Niedermayer or Chris Pronger (or, on power plays, both) is typically on the ice between 50 and 55 minutes a night for Anaheim, giving the Ducks the best play of any two defensemen in the league. "Wondering who's been better for us is like wondering who's better looking, Julia Roberts or Nicole Kidman," says Anaheim general manager Brian Burke of his two stars. "Both guys are 10s."

"There's always one you have to deal with defensively, but they're also threats offensively," says Florida left wing Martin Gelinas. "[The 6' 6", 220-pound Pronger] is so strong, always taking the body, and the other one has probably the top vision in the NHL."

Niedermayer is more cerebral, more artistic. He is rarely caught out of position—New Jersey coach Jacques Lemaire curbed some of Niedermayer's bad impulses early in the defenseman's career—and uses his exceptional speed to outsprint any mistakes. Niedermayer figure-skated on hockey skates when he was young ("That's where you learn crossovers," he says), and now he seems less to glide on the ice than hover above it, just as Anaheim is doing to the rest of the Western Conference.

A skating marvel who blends finesse with excellent positioning.

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Broke traps with his speed, leading rushes as often as joining them.

To beat the trap a team needs a defenseman who has great skating ability, tremendous puck-possession skills, good vision for passing and the confidence to beat defenders one-on-one. Here are my top five defensemen at beating the trap:... 3) Scott Niedermayer, Devils...

More recently, Scott Niedermayer of the New Jersey Devils has added a few other touches to the role of defense as offense. He has been less flamboyant than Leetch and more defense-oriented than Orr. But none of the above were able to match Niedermayer when it came to the art of pokechecking.

Scott's ability to relieve opponents of the puck with a deft slice of his stick was without equal in the NHL. Because Niedermayer did it unobtrusively, this important aspect of his game often went unnoticed.

...often employing what some would consider a cat and mouse type game; one minute he's down in the defensive zone clearing the puck, the next you're chasing him into your own zone and trying to get the puck from him.

He matured smoothly with each passing year, honing his defensive zone skills under coaching wizard Jacques Lemaire.

Although he had the physical ability to be a dominant force as a defenseman, being paired with the likes of Scott Stevens and Kenny Daneyko allowed him to skate fluidly as an offensive-minded defender, sometimes jumping into rushes commandingly.

The Ducks teamwork was buttressed by the awe inspiring defensive work of Scott Niedermayer, who was honored as the most valuable player of the NHL postseason.

Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim's smooth skating defenseman...

Brodeur recorded three shutouts, while Stevens and Niedermayer played brilliant defense.

Scott Niedermayer played great defense and was a leader on the power play for the Devils.

One that pops to mind is Scott Niedermayer." Scott is now playing in his fourth full NHL season, and many are pegging him as the next great thing. Like Paul Coffey, he has great speed and offensive ability. "I love the offensive part of the game ...

Ewen: The toughest defenceman?

Sakic: It has to be a Scottie Niedermayer, or a guy like Nicklas Lidstrom. They were so fast, so smooth. You never had a chance to get away from them. I didn’t mind playing the bigger, physical guys. You could get ready for them. You knew what they were going to bring. It was tough to prepare for a Niedermayer or a Lidstrom.

"He's our leader, he's the lead dog here," said Anaheim general manager Brian Burke of Niedermayer. "You run out of adjectives when you talk about Scotty."

"[I told him] congratulations. He's one heck of a defenceman," said Alfredsson, who had both Ottawa goals in Game 5. "Very tough to forecheck [against]. I think he broke our forecheck down numerous times by just beating the first guy and relieving them of pressure. He kind of carried their team I think."

"Scotty has a huge calming effect in any situation," said Getzlaf, expected to be the second-line center. "He is not a rah-rah guy. He doesn't say a lot. He does lead by example, and when he has something he needs to say, everyone in the room knows it's big.

"Scotty just brings that winning past. He's won everywhere he's been and won about every award and everything there is to win as a defenseman."

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