Finished seventh in OHL scoring among defensemen with 53 points (13-40--53) in 60 games.
Participated in the OHL All-Star Classic and the CHL Top Prospects Game in 2008.
Represented Canada at the Ivan Hlinka Under-18 hockey tournament in the Czech Republic in 2007.
Former NHL goaltender, Frank Pietrangelo (Pittsburgh and Hartford), is his dad’s second cousin.
Was selected third overall by the Mississauga Ice Dogs in the 2006 OHL Priority Draft – his first hockey team was the Nobleking Knights and he played for the Toronto Junior Canadiens for three years before being drafted into the OHL.
His nickname is “Petro” and he wears number 10 because he enjoyed watching Pavel Bure growing up.
His game time rituals include drinking “a bottle filled with half Gatorade and half water during intermission and chewing gum during warm-up”.
If he wasn’t playing hockey he would be a fisherman and the one thing he couldn’t live without is his cell phone.
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