BCJHL First All-Star Team (1978) NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1979) WCHA First All-Star Team (1980) NCAA West First All-American Team (1980)
Signed as a free agent by Washington, June 5, 1980. Traded to Calgary by Washington with George White, Washington's 6th round choice (Mats Kihlstrom) in 1982 Entry Draft, 3rd round choice (Perry Berezan) in 1983 Entry Draft and 2nd round choice (Paul Ranheim) in 1984 Entry Draft for Pat Riggin and Ken Houston, June 9, 1982.
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