Boston's practice goaltender loaned to Montreal to replace injured Jacques Plante in 2nd period, March 13, 1958. (Boston 7, Montreal 3) At the time of his appearance with Montreal, he was employed as a mathematician with the U.S. Air Force. Served as Boston's practice goaltender for 13 seasons.
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