The Anaheim Ducks announced today that they will be retiring Paul Kariya’s #9 on Sunday, October 21st against the Buffalo Sabres and Scott Niedermayer’s #27 on February 17th against the Washington Capitals.
The retirement of Paul Kariya’s number has been long-awaited by fans of the team as the team’s first superstar created an entire generation of hockey fans in Orange County in the late 1990s through the Ducks Cinderella Stanley Cup Finals run in 2003.
Kariya was the Ducks first ever draft pick (4th overall in 1993) and proceeded to put up 669 points (300G, 369A) over 9 seasons with the club. The speedy, undersized left-winger was an early model of the fast and skilled forward that has become the modern blueprint of many hockey players today.
Kariya was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017 alongside long-time lineman and friend Teemu Selanne, who has been the only player to have his number retired by the Ducks (2014) until now.
Scott Niedermayer signed as a free agent in 2005, leaving a dynastic New Jersey Devils team to play with his brother Rob in Anaheim. Though he was only a Duck for 5 seasons, he immediately assumed the captaincy and led the Ducks to their first and only Stanley Cup Championship in 2007.
Niedermayer is the Ducks all time leading defenseman in goals (60), assists (204), points (264), and power play goals (39). He is also one of only two players in hockey history to have won a Stanley Cup, Olympic gold medal, World Championship, World Cup, Memorial Cup and World Junior title, alongside another Duck, Corey Perry.
Niedermayer has also spent much of his time since retirement as a Special Assignment Coach with the Ducks, spending time developing the young skaters both in Anaheim and with the San Diego Gulls.