Ducks to retire Kariya, Niedermayer sweaters this coming season

Scott Morrison sat down with Paul Kariya to talk about his career in the NHL, the hit by Scott Stevens and his retirement.

A pair of Anaheim Ducks greats will be immortalized by the team this coming season.

Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer will have their Nos. 9 and 27 retired by the Ducks.

Kariya played nine seasons with the Ducks and is the franchise leader in points per game, with a 1.10 average, while racking up 669 points for Anaheim — good for fourth in team history.

Inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017, Kariya will see his sweater hung up in the Honda Center rafters on Oct. 21.

“I am extremely honoured and very thankful to [Ducks owners] Henry and Susan Samueli and the entire Ducks organization for this incredible recognition,” Kariya said in a press release. “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.”

Niedermayer played five seasons with the Ducks, winning a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 after winning three Cups with the Devils as part of a 12-season run in New Jersey.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013 and will have his jersey retired on Feb. 17.

“I received a very special call last week from Henry Samueli, informing me that the Ducks were going to retire my jersey,” said Niedermayer. “What an incredible honour. 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.”

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