Ducks Retire #9 Kariya and #27 Niedermayer

Photo by Anaheim Ducks

On Hall of Fame night last season Henry Samueli teased Ducks fans when he said that Teemu Selane’s jersey looked a little lonely when talking to Teemu and Paul before the game. After the built anticipation it has been announced on July 9th that this season the Ducks will be retiring not just Hall of Famer Paul Kariya’s jersey #9, the Ducks will also be retiring Hall of Famer Scott Niedermayer’s jersey #27. Paul Kariya’s jersey will be retired on October 21, 2018. Scott Niedermayer’s jersey will be retired on February 17, 2019.

Henry and Susan Samueli (on Paul and Scott’s impact on the Ducks franchise): Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer both had an enormous impact on our franchise. Paul was the club’s first superstar player, helped put Anaheim on the NHL map and electrified fans with his speed and play-making ability. Scott led our team to the first Stanley Cup in California’s history with a Conn Smythe performance in 2007 that will be remembered in this community forever. Although Paul and Scott played in different eras of Ducks hockey, they shared similar traits: to captain the Ducks with class, dignity and determination.

Close look at Paul Kariya’s career

Paul played 606 games with the Mighty Ducks.

He was the first franchise draft pick in 1993.

Paul Kariya was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2017

Represented team Canada in the Olympics in 2002 and 1994 where he won a gold and silver medal

Represented team Canada in World Championships in 1996, 1994 where he won a gold and silver medal

Represented team Canada in Junior World Championships in 1993, where he won a gold medal

Paul Kariya (on his jersey being retired): I am extremely honored and very thankful to Henry and Susan Samueli and the entire Ducks organization for this incredible recognition. This is not something I ever dreamed would happen. I am very grateful to the community for their support, and I look forward to celebrating this special evening in October with all Ducks fans.

Close look at Scott Niedermayer’s career

He played 1,263 games over 18 NHL seasons with the New Jersey and Anaheim

NHL All-Star in 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009

Scott was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2013

All time leader in goals, assists, points, and power play goals among club defensman.

Captain of team Canada to goal medal in 2010 Olympics games

Scott Niedermayer won the first gold medal in the 2002 Olympics

Scott Niedermayer was the first player in hockey to win the Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup, and World Junior title.

Scott Niedermayer was the only player in hockey history to win a Stanley Cup and 2 gold medals.

Scott Niedermayer (on his jersey being retired): I received a very special call last week from Henry Samueli, informing me that the Ducks were going to retire my jersey. What an incredible honor. I’m very grateful to have played for such an incredible organization in front of amazing Ducks fans. I’m also grateful for the amazing teammates, coaches and training staff I was able to work with in Anaheim. Together we achieved great things. I want to thank Henry and Susan Samueli for this honor. I am looking forward to the special night during the 25th Anniversary season of Ducks hockey.

Blog post coming up next… Ducks sign Montour to 2-year contract

This season marks the 25th Anniversary of the Anaheim Ducks franchise. It is going to be a season filled with many surprises and who knows maybe one of those many surprises might be going far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs!!!!

LET’S GO DUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Resources:

Sources: Anaheim Ducks Player News- Ducks Daily and Twitter @AnaheimDucks

Sources are all by The Anaheim Ducks/ anaheimducks.com

Source: Anaheim Ducks-“Kariya, Niedermayer Jerseys to be Retired in Upcoming Season”

Photos by The Anaheim Ducks

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