AHL Second All-Star Team (1978) John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer AHL) (1978) (tied with Gord Brooks)
Selected by San Diego (WHA) in 1975 WHA Amateur Draft, May, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Birmingham (WHA) after San Diego franchise folded, July, 1978. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, October 9, 1979. Signed as a free agent by New Haven (AHL), November, 1980.
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