In his speech, Neidermayer spoke of his childhood aspirations eventually leading to the precursor to his NHL start in a message to coach Tom Renney, “Thank you for an important part of my development as a hockey player and leading us (the Kamloops Blazers) to a Memorial Cup in 1992.” During his time in the Western Hockey League, New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello drafted Neidermayer in 1991 into the NHL.
Neidermayer’s NHL career started with the New Jersey Devils, and he became a force to be reckoned with. In his first season as defenseman, he scored 11 goals and 29 assists. It wouldn’t take him more than three seasons to experience what most players dream of when his team hoisted the Stanley Cup in 1995 sweeping the Detroit Red Wings 4-0 under head coach Jacques Lemaire. He would win two more Stanley Cups under Larry Robinson and Pat Burns where he faced his brother Rob and the Ducks. He also thanked all his teammates he got to know over the 12 seasons he played.
He made a sentimental decision to leave
Neidermayer had been the face of the Ducks for a short period, but his impact on the organization in winning a Stanley Cup and concluding an enlightening career sets a mark that will never be erased in the eyes of Ducks hockey fans.
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