Signed as a free agent by Chicago, October 1, 1951. Traded to Toronto (Winnipeg-WHL) by Chicago (Calgary-WHL) for George Ford and Murray Wilkie, January, 1958. Rights transferred to Toronto after NHL club purchased Spokane (WHL) franchise, June 4, 1963. Transferred to Phoenix (WHL) after Victoria (WHL) franchise relocated, August, 1967. Traded to Toronto by Phoenix (WHL) for Walt McKechnie, October 15, 1967.
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