What does it take to make a great hockey player? One would think hard work and determination, but the game of hockey goes far beyond that. It takes drive, resilience, speed, skill, strength, control, leadership, valor, and so much more. All of these words describe a player that has what it takes to continue on to the highest caliber of teams. A player that exudes love for the game and steps onto that ice and becomes a visibly different person. One who is focused on the puck, can see plays before they come, and is always one skate ahead of the offense. All of these describe Jackson Niedermayer, former player for the Anaheim Jr. Ducks.
Niedermayer always knew that he loved hockey and wanted to go on to play for a college team. His father, Hockey Hall of Fame Defenseman, Scott Niedermayer contributed to his son’s love for the game, as did Craig Johnson who is the Jr. Ducks Director of Coaches. Jackson, a natural at hockey, also knew that out of all the positions, he was more equipped to be a forward, as he loved scoring goals.
All Niedermayer’s time on the ice and countless hours of practice on and off the ice, has paid off. Niedermayer has committed to play NCAA D1 Hockey at Arizona State University. “We were preaching patience. We talked about colleges, and he put a lot of thought into this. At the end of the day, he’s old enough and we support him and his decision 100 percent,” said Scott Niedermayer. Jackson is now the 21st player from the Anaheim Jr. Ducks that have made commitments to an NCAA D1 school, in the past five seasons. This is a big accomplishment for the Jr. Ducks organization. Niedermayer is currently playing for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL. “Arizona State was the first team that showed interest in my potential, and they kept in touch,” said Jackson Niedermayer.
Jackson has impeccable skills, the drive, and love for the game. He is an incredible forward and his stats show it. He has racked up goal after goal and has been a player to keep your eye on both now and in the future. Niedermayer has a radiant future in hockey and T1EHL is proud to have a player like him come through our league and has the skill to show for. We are excited to watch him play at Arizona in 2021 and we are very certain that he has the potential to go all the way! “I’m very proud of him and the Jr. Ducks are very proud of him for what he’s accomplished and for his commitment to Arizona State. Jackson just kept working toward his goals and his future in the game is very bright,” said Craig Johnson.
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