|NUMBER:||33||BIRTHDATE:||July 3, 1973|
|HEIGHT:||6' 2"||BIRTHPLACE:||Ottawa, ON, Canada|
|WEIGHT:||215||DRAFTED:||VAN / 1992 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Right||ROUND:||5th (117th overall)|
Career: Represented Canada at the '93 World Junior Championships (7GP-0G-1A-1P, Gold Medal) and '94 Winter Olympics (4GP-0G-0A-0P, Silver Medal)… Made NHL debut (w/VAN) and scored 1st career goal on 5/3/95 at SJS... Set VAN record for goals by a D in 1998-99 (23, also led NHL)… Tied D. Potvin’s NHL record for most PPG by a D in a season (18) in 1998-99 (w/VAN)… Set career high with 44 pts (13G-31A) in 2003-04 w/NYI… Appeared in 2004 NHL All-Star Game, scoring opening goal for Team East in 6-4 W over Team West… Served as CHI team captain from 2005-07… Skated in 1000th career NHL game (w/PHX) on 3/20/11 vs. CHI.
2012-13: Recorded 1st point as a Blue Jacket (assist, goal by D. MacKenzie) on 2/16 at PHX.
2011-12: Ranked 3rd on PHX in +/- rating (+14) and TOI/game (20:14)… Recorded +4 rating (T-2nd on team) in playoffs during PHX's run to the Conference Finals.
Personal: Nicknames incl. ‘Oak’ and ‘Oakie’... Favorite band: Led Zeppelin... Favorite actor: John Candy... Favorite movie: Stripes.
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.