WHL West Second All-Star Team (1985)
Traded to Edmonton by Detroit with Petr Klima, Joe Murphy and Adam Graves for Jimmy Carson, Kevin McClelland and Edmonton's 5th round choice (later traded to Montreal Montreal selected Brad Layzell) in 1991 Entry Draft, November 2, 1989. Traded to New Jersey by Edmonton for Reijo Ruotsalainen, March 6, 1990. Missed majority of 1991-92 season in retirement. Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to concussion vs. Detroit (IHL), January 5, 2000. Officially announced retirement, August 31, 2000.
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