Before a photographer snapped a picture of Scott Niedermayer's family, the former star Ducks defenseman directed a stern, yet calm order to one of his four sons.
"Sit up straight," Niedermayer said.
For 18 years, Niedermayer was looked to as a leader on his teams. Now he's mainly the leader of his family. That family, which includes wife Lisa, and sons Logan, 12, Jackson, 11, Joshua, 8, and Luke, 3, has been grateful that Niedermayer is now away from the game. They follow his direction. They get to spend more time all together, as a family, said Niedermayer, a Newport Beach resident.
Wednesday evening was a time for them to be together. The family gathered at the Ronald McDonald House of Orange County in Orange before attending the Ducks' hockey game against San Jose at Honda Center.
The Niedermayers received a tour of the house. Then they posed for a portrait in a cozy lobby. Nearby on a wall there were photos of families that have received help from the McDonald house.