July 09, 2013 - 5:33 PM
His jersey hangs in the rafters at the hockey hotspot in Kamloops, and now it will rest among the greatest hockey players of all time.
It was announced today that veteran Kamloops Blazer, Scott Niedermayer, will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.
The glory comes after his jersey — no. 28 — was retired at the Interior Savings Centre, home of the Kamloops Blazers on Jan. 25.
The Blazers are reporting that he is the first of the club to receive the honour.
Niedermayer's career brought him to Kamloops as a Cranbrook native defenseman when he was just 16.
He played 156 games with the Blazers, scored 47 goals, made 143 assists and totalled 190 career points. He is one of six retired numbers hanging at the ISC, including Greg Hawgood's no. 4, Mark Recchi's no. 8, Dean Evanson's no. 20, Greg Evtushevski's no. 26 and Rob Brown's no. 44.
Following his WHL career, he went on to play a total of 1,263 games in the NHL, winning four Stanley Cups and totalling 784 points over his 17 year career with the New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
On November 11, he will join Chris Chelios, Brendan Shanahan and Fred Shero in Toronto as one of the hockey players in 2013 to be acknowledged and entered into the Hall of Fame. Last year Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Adam Oates and Pavel Bure were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
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