Signed as a free agent by Anaheim, September 7, 1993. Traded to Phoenix by Anaheim for Jim McKenzie, June 18, 1998. Traded to Montreal by Phoenix for cash, March 23, 1999. Officially announced his retirement, August 24, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Inglostadt (Germany), July 21, 2002.
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