60 Facts About Joe Nieuwendyk


Joseph Nieuwendyk is a Canadian former National Hockey League player.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was a second round selection of the Calgary Flames, 27th overall, at the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and played 20 seasons for the Flames, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Florida Panthers.

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Joe Nieuwendyk is one of only 11 players in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with three or more different teams, winning titles with Calgary in 1989, Dallas in 1999 and New Jersey in 2003.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 and his uniform number 25 was honoured by the Flames in 2014.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2014.

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In 2017 Joe Nieuwendyk was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.

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An accomplished box lacrosse player, Joe Nieuwendyk led the Whitby Warriors to the 1984 Minto Cup national junior championship before focusing exclusively on hockey.

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Joe Nieuwendyk played university hockey with the Cornell Big Red where he was a two-time All-American.

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Joe Nieuwendyk won the Calder Memorial Trophy as NHL rookie of the year in 1988 after becoming only the second first-year player to score 50 goals.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was a four-time All-Star, won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in 1995 for his leadership and humanitarian work, and was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner in 1999 as most valuable player of the postseason.

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Joe Nieuwendyk played 1,257 games in his career, scoring 564 goals and 1,126 points.

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Joe Nieuwendyk then began a new career in management, acting first as a consultant to the general manager with the Panthers before moving onto the Maple Leafs where he was an assistant to the general manager.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was the general manager of the Dallas Stars between 2009 and 2013.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was born September 10,1966 in Oshawa, Ontario, and grew up in Whitby.

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Joe Nieuwendyk is the youngest of four children to Gordon and Joanne Nieuwendyk, who immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1958.

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Joe Nieuwendyk's brother Gil was a box lacrosse player, while his uncle Ed Kea and cousin Jeff Beukeboom played in the National Hockey League.

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Joe Nieuwendyk played both hockey and lacrosse growing up and the latter considered his better sport.

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At one point, Joe Nieuwendyk was considered the top junior lacrosse player in Canada.

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Joe Nieuwendyk earned a spot with the Whitby Warriors junior A team at the age of 15, and was named the most valuable player of the Minto Cup tournament in 1984 when he led the Warriors to the national championship.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was again named an ECAC All-Star and NCAA All-American, and a finalist for the 1987 Hobey Baker Award.

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Joe Nieuwendyk chose to forgo his senior year in favour of turning professional.

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In 81 games with Cornell, Joe Nieuwendyk scored 73 goals and 151 points, both among the highest totals in the school's history.

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Once his junior season at Cornell ended, Joe Nieuwendyk joined the national team for five games before turning professional with the Flames.

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Joe Nieuwendyk made his NHL debut on March 10,1987, against the Washington Capitals and scored his first NHL goal against goaltender Pete Peeters.

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Joe Nieuwendyk finished two goals short of Bossy's record, but led the team with 51 goals and was the second first-year player to score at least 50 goals in one season.

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Joe Nieuwendyk played in his first NHL All-Star Game, was named to the All-Rookie Team and was voted the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.

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Joe Nieuwendyk led the league with 11 game-winning goals and set a Flames franchise record on January 11,1989, when he scored five goals in one game against the Winnipeg Jets.

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Joe Nieuwendyk began the season as the 12th captain in the Flames franchise history.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was limited to 22 goals and 56 points on the season, but scored his 200th career goal on December 3,1991, against the Detroit Red Wings.

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Joe Nieuwendyk refused an offer of a three-year, $6 million contract from the Flames, and as the dispute dragged on, chose not to join the team when the season began.

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Joe Nieuwendyk remained a holdout until December 19,1995, when the Flames traded him to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Jarome Iginla and Corey Millen.

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Bob Gainey, the team's general manager, hoped that the acquisition of Joe Nieuwendyk would help the franchise, which had relocated from Minnesota three years previous, establish its place in Dallas.

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Joe Nieuwendyk finished the regular season with 28 goals and 55 points in 67 games, and added 11 goals and 10 assists in the 1999 Stanley Cup playoffs to help the Stars win the first Stanley Cup in their franchise history.

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Joe Nieuwendyk missed ten games due to a bruised chest then suffered a separated shoulder a week after his return that kept him out of the lineup for several weeks.

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Joe Nieuwendyk played only 47 regular season games, but added 23 more in the playoffs as the Stars reached the 2000 Stanley Cup Finals.

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Joe Nieuwendyk played in his 1,000th career game on January 20,2002, against the Chicago Blackhawks.

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Joe Nieuwendyk scored 11 points in 14 regular season games for the Devils following the trade, but New Jersey was eliminated in the first round of the 2002 Stanley Cup playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Joe Nieuwendyk scored his 500th career goal on January 17,2003, against Carolina's Kevin Weekes.

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For Joe Nieuwendyk, it was his third title with his third different team.

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Joe Nieuwendyk scored 22 goals for Toronto in a season marred by abdominal and back injuries that limited him to 64 games played.

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Joe Nieuwendyk appeared in 65 games during the season, scoring 26 goals and 56 points.

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One year later, Joe Nieuwendyk joined the senior national team for the Calgary Cup, a four-team exhibition tournament that served as a preview event for the 1988 Winter Olympics.

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Joe Nieuwendyk scored a goal in each of the first two games, losses to the United States and Czechoslovakia, for the Canadian team that won the bronze medal.

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Joe Nieuwendyk joined the senior team again for the 1990 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships, but appeared in only one game after suffering a knee injury.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was invited to Team Canada's summer camp for the 1991 Canada Cup tournament but suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss the entire tournament.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was among the players named to join Canada's "dream team".

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Joe Nieuwendyk scored two goals and three assists in six games, but was one of several Canadian players stopped by Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek in a shootout loss in the semifinals.

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Joe Nieuwendyk played alongside Brendan Shanahan and Theoren Fleury on Canada's checking line at the 2002 Olympic tournament.

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Joe Nieuwendyk scored one goal and helped Canada win its first Olympic hockey gold medal in 50 years.

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Wayne Gretzky, who played box lacrosse in his youth, argued that the skills Joe Nieuwendyk learned dodging opposing players in that sport aided his development as a hockey player.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was regarded as a top faceoff man, a skill that Team Canada relied on during the Olympics.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was a checking-line centre at the 2002 Olympics, relied on for his defensive and faceoff abilities.

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Joe Nieuwendyk was the captain of the Flames for four seasons, and his teammates in Dallas praised him as a player who would help guide the younger players as they began their careers.

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Joe Nieuwendyk's presence was considered an important factor in New Jersey's 2003 Stanley Cup championship.

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Joe Nieuwendyk left the Panthers after one year to join the Maple Leafs as special assistant to general manager Cliff Fletcher in 2008.

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Joe Nieuwendyk served as assistant general manager for the silver-medal winning Canadian national team at the 2009 World Championships, and on June 1,2009, was named general manager of the Dallas Stars.

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Joe Nieuwendyk stated such moves were difficult, as he played with Modano and considered him a friend.

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Joe Nieuwendyk resigned from his position with Carolina on April 30,2018.

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In 1995, while a member of the Flames, Joe Nieuwendyk won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy given annually to the player "who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community".

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Joe Nieuwendyk was honoured by the league for his contributions to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and was a spokesman and honorary chairman of the Foothills Hospital Foundation.

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