Signed as a free agent by Hartford, July 30, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 6, 1996. Suffered career-ending eye injury in game vs. Kentucky (AHL), December 13, 1998. Named Head Coach of Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), July 6, 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