Scott Niedermayer earns B.C. Hockey Hall call
Cranbook’s Scott Niedermayer joins former NHLer Rob Brind’Amour, Leafs scout Scott Carter, current Hockey Night in Canada announcer Jim Hughson and long-time builder of hockey in B.C. Dr. Bob Hindmarch as the 2012 inductees to the B.C. Hockey Hall of Fame.
Niedermayer, who currently lives with his family in Southern California, played 18 seasons in the NHL with New Jersey Devils and Anaheim Ducks.
Though born in Edmonton, Niedermayer grew up in Cranbrook where he played hockey before being scouted by Kamloops of the Western Hockey League where he won a Memorial Cup.
Niedermayer is the only player to win every major North American and international championship in his career; he has won the Memorial Cup, World Junior Championship, IIHL World Championship, two gold medals, four Stanley Cup and the World Cup.
Hughson, who lives in White Rock, got his start broadcasting junior Flyers games in his hometown of Fort St. John as an 18-year-old, before moving on to jobs in Dawson Creek, Penticton, Kelowna, Merritt, and even Brandon, Man.
Hindmarch, of Nanaimo, has been instrumental in B.C. hockey for a long time. A one-time coach of the T-Birds, he worked with Father David Bauer to establish the national team at UBC and is in the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.
The induction ceremony is set for July 27 in Penticton.