40Best - Scott Niedermayer
Scott Niedermayer was a smooth-skating, shutdown defenseman who boasts a hefty trophy shelf. He won three Stanley Cups with the Devils in 1995, 2000 and 2003 before adding another championship with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. He also won Olympic gold twice with Canada – in Salt Lake City in
2002 and in Vancouver in 2010. He won the Norris Trophy in 2004 awarded to the NHL’s best defenseman, the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2007 as the MVP of the playoffs and appeared in five All-Star Games. The Alberta native appeared in 1,263 games; he netted 172 goals and tallied 740 points during an illustrious eighteen-year career. Niedermayer was the definition of consistency, a proven leader and excelled and both aspects of the game –he could do it all.