The Ducks will bring one of the strongest links to their 2007 Stanley Cup to the bench this season, naming distinguished defenseman Scott Niedermayer as an assistant coach to Bruce Boudreau on Friday.
Niedermayer, 39, has been retired since 2010 and has served as a hockey operations consultant to the team.
His hiring continues Boudreaus push to improve a defense that ranked 19th in goals-against average last season in a campaign that did not include a playoff appearance.
Im very excited to expand my role with the Ducks and take on a new challenge, Niedermayer said in a statement. Im grateful to the Ducks organization for giving me this opportunity and cant wait to get started.
After winning three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, Niedermayer came to the Ducks in 2005, and was named captain quickly after.
The six-time NHL all-star is the Ducks career leader in goals, assists, points and power play goals among defensemen.
As a player, Scott was one of the great leaders a...