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Joe Nieuwendyk

Born:September 10, 1966Draft:1985, Flames, 27th Overall
Hometown:Oshawa, OntarioPosition:C
Known For:Stanley Cups with
Three Different Teams
Shoots/Catches:Left
National Team:Canada

Joseph Nieuwendyk (born September 10, 1966) 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 StarsNew Jersey DevilsToronto Maple Leafs, and Florida Panthers. He 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. A two-time Olympian, Nieuwendyk won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2002 winter games. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2011 and his uniform number 25 was honoured by the Flames in 2014. Joe Nieuwendyk was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2017 Nieuwendyk was named one of the ‘100 Greatest NHL Players’ in history.

An accomplished box lacrosse player, Nieuwendyk led the Whitby Warriors to the 1984 Minto Cup national junior championship before focusing exclusively on hockey. He played university hockey with Cornell University where he was a two-time All-American. He 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. He 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. Nieuwendyk played 1,257 games in his career, scoring 564 goals and 1,126 points.

Chronic back pain forced Nieuwendyk’s retirement as a player in 2006. He 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. Nieuwendyk was the general manager of the Dallas Stars between 2009 and 2013. He most recently worked as a pro scout and advisor for the Carolina Hurricanes, until resigning his contract April 30, 2018.

Joe Nieuwendyk #25 of the Dallas Stars
15 Nov 2001: Center Joe Nieuwendyk #25 of the Dallas Stars skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Stars defeated the Kings 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images/NHLI

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Achievements

  • ECAC Rookie of the Year — 1985
  • All-ECAC First Team — 1986, 1987
  • AHCA East First Team All-America — 1986, 1987
  • ECAC Player of the Year —1987
  • IIHF U20 WJC Silver Medal — 1986
  • Olympic Gold Medal — 2002
  • Played in Four All-Star Games — 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994
  • Calder Memorial Trophy — 1988
  • NHL All-Rookie Team — 1988
  • King Clancy Memorial Trophy — 1995
  • Conn Smythe Trophy — 1999
  • Stanley Cup Champion — 1989, 1999, 2003

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