NHL lockout ended! Hockey is back January 19

The NHL lock out has ended.  The 2013 season is supposedly to open on January 19 and the Ducks opening night will be on January 24.  The schedule has not been released yet.

Today, more great news in the NHL.  The Anaheim Ducks announced that Scott Niedermayer will be the new assistant coach:

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Scott Niedermayer is ready to teach the Anaheim Ducks a few more things about winning. The former Ducks captain and four-time Stanley Cup champion defenseman will be an assistant to Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau this season, the Ducks announced Friday.

Niedermayer won’t make every road trip with the club, and he won’t stand behind the Ducks’ bench during most games. But the former Canadian Olympic captain and Norris Trophy-winning defenseman will take a more active role with the Ducks after spending the previous two seasons in player development for Anaheim.

”The last couple of years, I’ve been working with players in Syracuse and Norfolk (with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate clubs), and I realized I do enjoy it, maybe more than I thought when I was a player,” Niedermayer said in a phone interview. ”I don’t think I could have predicted that when I was a player. I probably couldn’t predict this when I was a player. I’m excited about the chance to try and help.”

Niedermayer spent the final five seasons of his 18-year career with Anaheim, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL’s playoff MVP while leading the Ducks to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2007.

Niedermayer was a six-time All-Star who won the Norris Trophy in 2004 while playing for New Jersey. He won three Stanley Cup titles with the Devils in 1995, 2000 and 2003

John Gibson

Lastly, an impressive performance at the 2013 World Junior Championship has earned goaltender John Gibson an invitation to attend training camp with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Anaheim Ducks will be extending an invitation to goaltending prospect John Gibson to come to the team’s training camp, according to a report by Bob McKenzie of TSN on Thursday afternoon.

Training camp is expected to start on Sunday following the ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement by the NHL Players’ Association.

This news marks another highpoint for the 19-year-old net-minder as he will be entering camp a little over a week removed from backstopping Team USA to a gold medal finish in the 2013 World Junior Championship in Ufa, Russia. Posting an impressive .955 save percentage as well as a 1.36 goals against average, Gibson was named the tournament’s most valuable player and clearly made a positive impression on the decision makers in Anaheim.

Originally selected with the No. 39 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, the Pittsburgh native is currently playing with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League.