Brother of Dave WCJHL First All-Star Team (1977, 1978)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1981)
Claimed by Pittsburgh from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, October 9, 1984. Traded to Quebec by Pittsburgh for future considerations, October 20, 1985. Traded to Hartford by Quebec for Greg Malone, January 17, 1986.
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