Cassiar produced hockey superstars and Olympic champions

There are two N.H.L. hockey superstars with a strong Cassiar connection. Avid hockey fans likely are familiar with Scott Niedermayer and his brother Rob Niedermayer. The parents of these fine athletes are Dr. Bob & Carol Niedermayer. Dr. Niedermayer brought his family to Cassiar and practiced medicine in Cassiar's hospital 1972-1975, and then they moved to Cranbrook, BC.

Scott, was born in Edmonton, AB, was a resident of Cassiar. As of 2004 he is a long-time member of the New Jersey Devils team roster. Scott played on the Canada Men's Hockey team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, USA. Scott scored one of the winning goals in the semi-final game against Belarus. Scott and his team went on to triumph over the USA team, winning gold medals. Scott played with Team Canada when they won the World Cup Hockey match in 2004. He scored one of the 3 goals in the final game.

Rob was born on Cassiar in December 28, 1974. He played with the Florida Panthers and was traded to the Calgary Flames in 2001. He hold the unique status of being the only NHL player to be born in Cassiar, and arguably the most famous "Cassiar son". He now plays for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Unfortunately the player roster on Mighty Ducks website incorrectly states that Rob was born in Cranbrook, not Cassiar.

Way to go guys, you make Cassiarites proud!

Hockey fans who wish to follow the careers of the Niedermayer brothers (and the player trades so common to the sport) can find lots of information on the Internet on them. The National Hockey League website www.nhl.com is a good place to start.

February 2004: Dr. Bob reports that Scott now has three sons. Rob remains a bachelor.

This page was last edited Monday, February 02, 2015

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