Signed as a free agent by Montreal, September 20, 1982. Claimed by St. Louis from Montreal in Waiver Draft, October 3, 1983. Claimed by Washington from St. Louis in Waiver Draft, October 7, 1985. Traded to Pittsburgh by Washington for cash, October 8, 1986. Signed as a free agent by Winnipeg, July, 1987.
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