Missed majority of 2000-01 season due to dispute over ownership of playing rights between Vancouver and Bratislava (Slovakia), November 28, 2000. Traded to Montreal by Vancouver for Sylvain Blouin, March 9, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Bratislava (Slovakia), November 13, 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