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By Fitzgerald Cecilio
Scott Niedermayer's name has often been mentioned among prospective inductees for 2013 Hall of Fame.
But the No. 3 pick in the 1991 draft has been reluctant to tout personal accolades.
"When people bring it up, I just say, 'Oh, that's great, thank you,' and just leave it at that. I've always tried to be focused on what you can control in the moment. That's out of my hands at this point," he said.
In 18 NHL seasons, Niedermayer has won the 2004 Norris Trophy, four Stanley Cup rings, two Olympic gold medals, a Memorial Cup, a World Championship gold medal, a World Junior Championship gold, a World Cup gold and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
At no point during his 18 NHL seasons did the star defenseman even hint that his own accomplishments outweighed those of his team.
"That's just my personality. I'm a guy who likes to go about my business and let things fall where they may," said Niedermayer.
More than two years since announcing his retirement, Niedermayer speculates that less modesty could be an asset in his post-playing career.
"Now it would pay if I was a little more outgoing at different times. Maybe there are moments when it [modesty] is not the best thing, but I'm sure there will still be times when it comes in handy, I guess," said Niedermayer.
He described being in the Hall of Fame as "a heck of an honor."
Scott Niedermayer Modest About Hockey Hall of Fame Honor