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Panthers C Joe Nieuwendyk Announces Retirement

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers

Three-time Stanley Cup Winner & Four-Time NHL All-Star Hangs Up His Skates

SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers center Joe Nieuwendyk today announced his intentions to retire from the National Hockey League. Nieuwendyk, the likely Hall-of-Famer, retires earning three Stanley Cup championships (Calgary in 1989, Dallas in 1999, New Jersey in 2003) throughout his 20-year NHL playing career.

"This game has been great to me," said Nieuwendyk. "I am forever grateful to all those players, coaches, general managers and everyone that I have been associated with throughout my playing career. I have had a lot of fun playing this game, but it was time for me to make this decision, as it was in the best interest of myself as well as my family."

"Joe is a first-class act who has been a tremendous ambassador for the game," General Manager & Head Coach Jacques Martin said. "His career numbers speak for themselves and he will forever be recognized as one of the league's most successful players. The entire Panthers organization wishes Joe and his family the best in their future endeavors."

Nieuwendyk, 40, has appeared in 1,257 National Hockey League contests (48th all-time) for five different teams (Calgary 1986-95, Dallas 1995-2002, New Jersey 2001-03, Toronto 2003-04 & Florida 2005-07). Throughout his 20-year playing career, the Oshawa, Ontario native scored 564 goals (19th all-time) with 562 assists and a plus-155 rating. Nieuwendyk completes his career 48th all-time in overall points scored (1,126). He amassed two 50-goal seasons, two 40-goal seasons and four 30-goal seasons during his playing career. The four-time NHL all-star appeared in 158 postseason games scoring 66 goals with 50 assists.

In 1988, Nieuwendyk earned the Calder Memorial Trophy (awarded to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition) after posting 92 points (51-41-92) in his rookie season with the Calgary Flames. Nieuwendyk was also awarded the Conn Smyth Trophy (postseason MVP) after tallying 21 points (10-11-21) in 23 playoff contests, while helping the Dallas Stars capture the Stanley Cup in 1999. He also earned the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1995 (awarded to the player who best exhibits leadership qualities on and off the ice). He also won a Gold Medal while playing for Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Nieuwendyk played his college hockey at Cornell and was named the ECAC Player of the Year in 1987 after recording 52 points (26-26-52) in 23 games. He was drafted by Calgary with their second choice, 27th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

Nieuwendyk joined the Panthers prior to the start of the 2005-06 season along with childhood friend Gary Roberts. He and Roberts entered the NHL together in 1986 with the Calgary Flames and played several seasons together with the Flames. The duo also played together during the 2003-04 season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In parts of two seasons with the Florida Panthers, Nieuwendyk scored 31 goals with 33 assists in 80 games.

Joe Nieuwendyk's Career Stats

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