Niedermayer to be honoured by Blazers and WHL

Retired NHLer and Cranbrook native to have jersey retired in ceremony with former major-junior team.

Scott Niedermayer will have his jersey retired and will also be presented with this year’s WHL Alumni Achievement Award in a pre-game ceremony on Friday with his former major-junior club, the Kamloops Blazers.

The Cranbrook native won a Memorial Cup with the Blazers in 1992, but was also recognized for his efforts off the ice a year earlier, getting the nod for the WHL and CHL Scholastic Player of the Year award.

Following his time in major-junior hockey, Niedermayer went on to a highly decorated career in the NHL, winning four Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks.

Along with his professional accomplishments in the NHL, Niedermayer has also been on teams that captured a World Junior Championship gold, a World Championship gold, the World Cup of Hockey and an Olympic Gold.

“Given that Scott’s  remarkable career started in the WHL with the Kamloops Blazers, it is only fitting that he receives the highest honour the WHL presents to our graduate players, the WHL Alumni Achievement Award,” said WHL Commissioner Ron Robison, in a press release. “Scott is not only a future inductee in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but a great role model to all current WHL players.”

The WHL Alumni Achievement Award annually recognizes WHL graduates who pursued professional hockey and achieved a distinguished career in the NHL as well as an alumnus who has obtained a post-secondary education through the WHL Scholarship Program and has moved on to a highly successful business career.