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Joe Nieuwendyk
Position Centre
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
195 lb (89 kg)
Teams Florida Panthers
Calgary Flames
Dallas Stars
New Jersey Devils
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born September 10 1966 (1966-09-10) (age 50),
Oshawa, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 27th overall, 1985
Calgary Flames
Pro Career 1986 – 2007

Joseph "Joe" Nieuwendyk (born September 10, 1966) is the general manager of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL) and a retired Canadian player. He won the Stanley Cup three times, in three different decades, on three different teams, and is considered to be one of the best face-off men in NHL history. He announced his retirement from professional hockey due to chronic back problems on December 6, 2006. He was hired by the Florida Panthers as a special consultant to the general manager and later became special assistant to the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Joe Nieuwendyk is a nephew of former NHL player Ed Kea and a cousin of former NHL player Jeff Beukeboom.

Playing careerEdit

Prior to coming to the NHL in the 1986–87 season, Nieuwendyk attended Cornell University and while there, he played for their hockey team for three seasons. In 1986 and 1987 he was named to the ECAC's All-Star First Team and was selected as an All-American. In 1987 Joe was also nominated as a Hobey Baker finalist, along with other future NHL stars like Brian Leetch, Craig Janney and Tony Granato. However, the trophy was awarded to Tony Hrkac of the University of North Dakota. As fate would have it the two of them would win a Stanley Cup together while playing on the 1998–99 Dallas Stars team. After his third season at Cornell, Nieuwendyk played briefly for the Canadian national team.

Joe Nieuwendyk's first season in the NHL was a short one, only playing 9 regular-season games. Because he played fewer than 25 games, his second season (1987–88) in the NHL was considered his rookie year. His rookie season saw him set a career high in goals with 51 and become one of only a handful of players to score more than 50 goals in their first NHL season. (Mike Bossy (53), Wayne Gretzky (51), Teemu Selänne (76) Alexander Ovechkin (52).) He won the Calder Trophy as best rookie and was also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

Nieuwendyk played on five different teams in his career, and won Stanley Cups with three of them. The Calgary Flames drafted him in the second round (27th overall) in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and he played for Calgary from 1986–87 to 1994–95. While in Calgary, he won a Stanley Cup in 1989 and set career highs with 51 goals (twice), 50 assists, and 95 points. He served as Captain from 1991 to 1994. In 1995 he was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for best exemplifing leadership qualities.

On December 19, 1995, after a protracted holdout, Joe was traded to the Dallas Stars (in exchange for prospect Jarome Iginla) where he won another Stanley Cup and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs. During that run he would tie a then record six game-winning goals (previously set by Joe Sakic). He played in Dallas from 1995–96 to 2001–02. During the 2001–02 season, he was traded to the New Jersey Devils where he won his third Stanley Cup with his third different team. After playing just over a season in New Jersey (94 games), he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs for the 2003–04 NHL season.

Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he didn't play during the 2004–05 NHL season and he became an unrestricted free agent prior to the start of the 2005–06 NHL season. Mike Keenan, General manager of the Florida Panthers, signed both Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts to contracts worth $4.5 million each. The Leafs, under the new cap system, couldn't match that offer to keep Nieuwendyk and Roberts as the Leafs had only $9 million left to spend under the cap and still needed to sign at least 7 other players. Interestingly enough, this was the third time that these childhood friends, Roberts and Nieuwendyk, played on the same team at the same time. They started their career together in Calgary and played together in Toronto and then in Florida.

On December 6, 2006, Nieuwendyk decided to retire from the game due to chronic back problems, ending a career that lasted 20 NHL seasons. He finished his career with 564 goals and 562 assists for a total of 1,126 points. At the time of his retirement, he was tied for 48th place in NHL history in points with Mike Bossy, who also was forced to retire due to back problems.He was inducted into the Hockey Halll of Fame in 2011.

AwardsEdit

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1984–85 Cornell University NCAA 29 21 24 45 30
1985–86 Cornell University NCAA 21 21 21 42 45
1986–87 Cornell University NCAA 23 26 26 52 26
1986–87 Canada National Team Intl. 5 2 0 2 0
1986–87 Calgary Flames NHL 9 5 1 6 0 6 2 2 4 0
1987–88 Calgary Flames NHL 75 51 41 92 23 8 3 4 7 2
1988–89 Calgary Flames NHL 77 51 31 82 40 22 10 4 14 10
1989–90 Calgary Flames NHL 79 45 50 95 40 6 4 6 10 4
1990–91 Calgary Flames NHL 79 45 40 85 36 7 4 1 5 10
1991–92 Calgary Flames NHL 69 22 34 56 55
1992–93 Calgary Flames NHL 79 38 37 75 52 6 3 6 9 10
1993–94 Calgary Flames NHL 64 36 39 75 51 6 2 2 4 0
1994–95 Calgary Flames NHL 46 21 29 50 33 5 4 3 7 0
1995–96 Dallas Stars NHL 52 14 18 31 41
1996–97 Dallas Stars NHL 66 30 21 51 32 7 2 2 4 6
1997–98 Dallas Stars NHL 73 39 30 69 30 1 1 0 1 0
1998–99 Dallas Stars NHL 67 28 27 55 34 23 11 10 21 19
1999–00 Dallas Stars NHL 48 15 19 34 26 23 7 3 10 18
2000–01 Dallas Stars NHL 69 29 23 52 30 7 4 0 4 4
2001–02 Dallas Stars NHL 67 23 24 47 18
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 14 2 9 11 4 5 0 1 1 0
2002–03 New Jersey Devils NHL 80 17 28 45 56 17 3 6 9 4
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 22 28 50 26 9 6 0 6 4
2004–05 Did not play See 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06 Florida Panthers NHL 65 26 30 56 46
2006–07 Florida Panthers NHL 15 5 3 8 4
NHL totals 1257 564 562 1126 677 158 66 50 116 91


Played for Canada in:


See AlsoEdit

List of Trades by Joe Nieuwendyk

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Rotating captains
Calgary Flames captains
199195
Succeeded by
Theoren Fleury
Preceded by
Steve Yzerman
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1999
Succeeded by
Scott Stevens
Preceded by
Adam Graves
Winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy
1995
Succeeded by
Kris King
Preceded by
Luc Robitaille
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1988
Succeeded by
Brian Leetch


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