EJC-A All-Star Team (1971) Best Defenseman at EJC-A (1971) Finnish First All-Star Team (1975, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1986)
Played in NHL All-Star Game (1982)
Signed as a free agent by Phoenix (WHA), June 16, 1975. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, June 5, 1979. Transferred to Calgary after Atlanta franchise relocated, June 24, 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