Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, September 10, 2003. Missed majority of 2003-04 due to knee injury vs. Washington, January 31, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Farjestad (Sweden), August 6, 2004. Officially announced retirement October 11, 2004.
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