Director of NHL Central Scouting, E.J. McGuire
“Not overly big in size, he makes up for that with his sniping ability. Pure puck handler with great moves and a great shot, he contributed a 50 goal season for Kitchener and despite the 5’10” knock some scouts might have, destined to be an NHLer.”
Kitchener Rangers GM and head coach Steve Spott
“Jeff is a pure goal scorer that is a threat offensively every time he is on the ice. He pursues the puck extremely hard, protects it well and has the ability to make a difference in the game.”
You forget how good [Nieuwendyk] was. You hear the points and stuff and you almost forget until they kind of walk you through his career, and that was really cool for me. I might have felt it a little more than some of the other guys because he was one of my favorites growing up, but that was very cool and I'm honored to have been a part of it. I had chills the entire ceremony.
— Calgary's Joe Colborne on the "Forever a Flame" ceremony for Joe Nieuwendyk