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Niedermayer named Ducks assistant coach

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The Anaheim Ducks named four-time Stanley Cup winner Scott Niedermayer as an assistant coach on Friday.

Coach Bruce Boudreau added Niedermayer, 39, to a staff that includes current assistants Bob Woods and Brad Lauer.

"As a player, Scott was one of the great leaders and winners of all time, making him a tremendous addition to our coaching staff," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. "His knowledge of the game and relationship with the players will be a great benefit for us."

Niedermayer moves over to the coaching side after working as a consultant for hockey operations since he retired as a player in 2010.

"The last couple years, having worked with players down in Syracuse and Norfolk at the start of this year, I realized that I do enjoy it -- maybe more than I thought as a player," Niedermayer said.

Niedermayer will attend Ducks practices and work from a vantage point above the rink rather than on the bench during home games.

"Let's realize Scotty is one of the greatest players that ever played the game," Boudreau told the Orange County Register. "And his knowledge of the game is paramount. Players of his ilk, they see things that you don't see. And that kind of input is always invaluable."
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