“The Game 365: Scott Niedermayer” presented by Capital One
Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m.
“Niedermayer’s Greatest Games: Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals”
Wednesday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m.
“Scott Niedermayer Night” Live from New Jersey
Friday, December 16 at 6:30 p.m.
New York, NY (December 13, 2011) – MSG Plus will celebrate the career of hockey great Scott Niedermayer this week leading up to the retirement of his No. 27 jersey by the New Jersey Devils on Friday, December 16.
On Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m., a special episode of the award-winning program “The Game 365: Scott Niedermayer” presented by Capital One will feature Niedermayer, with host Fran Healy, as the two discuss his storied career, his number being retired by the Devils, and the adjustment to life after hockey.
“When I first heard that the Devils wanted to retire my number, it kind of set me back because it’s not something you think about or can predict or even hope for,” Niedermayer tells Healy in the interview. “It feels really good to know that they appreciate what I tried to do for them when I was part of their organization. It’s a great honor.”
At 8:00 p.m., MSG Plus will telecast the final episode of “Niedermayer’s Greatest Games” featuring Game 6 of the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals when Niedermayer scored a shorthanded goal in the second period and the Devils beat the Dallas Stars in the second overtime to take home the Cup.
On Friday, December 16, MSG Plus will telecast live coverage of “Scott Niedermayer Night” as the Devils raise No. 27 to the rafters prior to the team’s game versus the Dallas Stars. Starting at 6:30 p.m., MSG Plus will telecast the retirement ceremony as the Devils honor their former captain.
Immediately following the ceremony, “Devils Game Night” takes over with Deb Placey, Ken Daneyko, Steve Cangialosi and Chico Resch. The special pre-game show will feature a live interview with Niedermayer and a retrospective segment on his career, which will include interviews with a number of Niedermayer’s former coaches and teammates, including Scott Stevens.
“When he first came up to the Devils, I said ‘I wish I could skate like that...just once to know how it feels to fly around and to be smooth and effortless the way he skated,’” said Stevens, in the segment, about playing with Niedermayer. “He was a big-game player – the bigger the game the better he played, and he always seemed to be the difference.”
At 8:00 p.m., the Devils face the Stars with Cangialosi and Resch calling all the action from the booth. A 30-minute post-game show will immediately follow the matchup.
Niedermayer, who was drafted in the first round by New Jersey in 1991 and retired from professional hockey in 2010, won three Stanley Cups with the Devils in 1995, 2000 and 2003. Niedermayer is one of the most decorated players in hockey history and is the only player to win every major championship in the sport. During a career spanning two decades, he won a total of four Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, the World Cup, the Memorial Cup, the IIHF World Championship and the World Junior Championship.
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