Scott Niedermayer practically went unrecognized among fans as he checked out an interactive display inside the
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
"There's no foot support there," Niedermayer said with a grin.
Later, Niedermayer’s former Ducks teammate,
Next week the "Centennial Fan Arena," as the league calls it, will roll to Staples Center for the All-Star Game.
It was natural for Niedermayer and Selanne to participate given their place in hockey, particularly as part of the '07 team that some consider to be among the best in NHL history. On March 12, the Ducks will reunite the members from that team for a 10th anniversary celebration.
"When you look at your career in those terms, sometimes it seems like, 'Wow, it's already 10 years,'" Niedermayer said. "But other times, it seems like it was so long ago. It depends on how you look at it. It is kind of hard to believe 10 years have passed that quickly."
Niedermayer remembers reuniting with his former
"Just getting back in the dressing room to play an alumni game, it's like nothing changed," Niedermayer said. "It was frozen in [time]. Everybody was back in their same role, saying the same stuff. It's fun. I enjoyed it and look forward to seeing the guys [in March] too."
Niedermayer, 43, and Selanne, 46, are each fathers of four children, and both have stayed busy. In between his hockey-dad duties with his four sons, Niedermayer has a coaching role with the Ducks in working with their young defensemen.
Selanne, who has three sons — one of whom, Eetu, will play hockey at Northeastern — and a daughter, is enjoying retirement to the fullest. He said he plays tennis and golf every day, in addition to his ownership in a Laguna Beach restaurant and a recent gig as host of a Finnish reality television show, "Superstars."
"I was joking to my friends, that if I would know how much fun this, I would have retired maybe a couple of years earlier," Selanne said.
Selanne notably was expected to retire after the Cup win but played seven more years.
"I always remember, I thought, 'That's it, I'm done. [But] after that, I think I enjoyed hockey even more than before."
Selanne looked forward to the reunion. The Ducks are believed to have secured RSVPs from nearly all the members.