Dressed in jeans and a polo shirt, the Hall of Fame defenseman observed a touch screen that showed a photo of the 2007 Cup-winning Ducks team that he captained. He then looked at a display of hockey skates through the years, some that were roughly 100 years old with wrinkled leather.
“There’s no foot support there,” Niedermayer said with a grin.
Later, Niedermayer’s former Ducks teammate, Teemu Selanne, took the same tour as the two were part of the league’s ongoing centennial celebration of the 100th anniversary of the NHL. The Cup was on display and the line to take photos with it easily exceeded 100 people. There was also an interactive virtual Zamboni ride station and a ball hockey rink inside the arena.
Next week the “Centennial Fan Arena,” as the league calls it, will roll to Staples Center for the All-Star Game.
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Written by: Curtis Zupke, LA Times