Father of Mike Jr.
Signed as a free agent by Ottawa (QSHL), September, 1945. Signed as a free agent by Montreal, October 24, 1945. Loaned to Boston by Montreal as compensation for Montreal's recall of Paul Bibeault, January 8, 1946. Returned to Montreal by Boston, January 17, 1946.
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