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With Scott Niedermayer

Q & A

The former Ducks defenseman and his family are helping with the Walk for Kids event Sunday at Honda Center.

March 30, 2012|By Steve Virgen
(Jon Didier Photography…)

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.

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Niedermayer smiled with Luke on his lap. The four-time Stanley Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist says he is enjoying these days with his family. Of course, there's a big part of him that misses the game, he admits, but he is happy to have more time with his wife and four sons.

The 38-year-old Niedermayer also has time for charity work. His family volunteered to be honorary chairs of Sunday's Walk for Kids at Honda Center.

The event is a 5K walk that benefits the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California and the services they provide. There are also walk events at Exposition Park in Los Angeles, Shoreline Park in Long Beach and Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga.

The Niedermayers want to do their part because the Ronald McDonald House helps families who need a home away from home when their child is sick or injured at a hospital nearby. The McDonald house in Orange is near Children's Hospital of Orange County.

Niedermayer said his family has not had a direct experience with the place, but his wife's cousin did use the McDonald house in Canada.

"It's a great charity and they do great work that is very important," Niedermayer said. "They provide a place to stay for families when their children are sick. That's not a fun time obviously. To have something like this that takes care of at least some of their issues they have to go through, I would imagine that it would be a great thing."

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