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Niedermayer Officially Announces Retirement

From the Ducks:

Scott Niedermayer officially announced his retirement from professional hockey at a press conference attended by various media, Ducks staff and family members at Honda Center.

“It’s been a tough decision, but after plenty of reflection, I’m here to announce I’m retiring from professional hockey,” Niedermayer said to lead off lengthy remarks in which he thanked numerous teammates, coaches, management and staff members from both the Ducks and New Jersey Devils. Niedermayer remained composed until he thanked his family (wife Lisa and four boys), during which he became noticeably emotional.

“It has been a difficult decision, but I feel it is the right time,” Niedermayer said. “I am excited about experiencing new opportunities, as well as pursuing my other interests.  The last 18 years have been filled with more than I ever could have dreamed. There are many wonderful things I will miss about the game, especially the challenge of competing with my teammates. I wish them the best of luck in the future.”

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Sad…

At least we were all fortunate to apply his trade for so many years.  He was arguably one of the best, if not the best, of his generation.  Scottie - you will be missed.  Enjoy the time with your family and we hope to see you in a front office or behind the bench some time soon…

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 06/23/10 at 12:04 AM ET

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He was arguably one of the best, if not the best, of his generation at punching a guy in the nutsack and then running away.

There. Fixed.

So, way to go, Scottie Boy. Quitting at 36 will definitely put you among the elite. The elite quitters of all time, that is.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/23/10 at 12:27 AM ET

Stevis's avatar

No more play for Mr. Grey.

Posted by Stevis on 06/23/10 at 08:20 AM ET

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@OlderThanChelios

Too bad he couldn’t go out with dignity and essentially become a mascot like Chris Chelios.

Posted by Claude from Colorado on 06/23/10 at 08:27 AM ET

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@Claude from Colorado
Pump your brakes kid, that man’s a national treasure ..

Posted by Yzermandaman on 06/23/10 at 09:03 AM ET

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@Claude from Colorado—

Good one!  Nobody here—OTC included—is above being needled; I don’t care how old they are!

Posted by Lex Talionis on 06/23/10 at 09:10 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

We’ve heard this before.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 06/23/10 at 12:17 PM ET

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Too bad he couldn’t go out with dignity and essentially become a mascot like Chris Chelios.

Chelios was an effective defenseman until his final year with the Wings. But even then, he served as both a mentor and an example to the other players of what hard work can do. It’s called perseverence (i.e., steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty), Claude. IMO, that’s a trait that ol’ Gray Beard lacks.

There’s no doubt that he’s a quality defenseman. But he’s nowhere near “one of the best, if not the best, of his generation” as Unicorn described him.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/23/10 at 12:24 PM ET

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