|NUMBER:||4||BIRTHDATE:||June 5, 1980|
|HEIGHT:||5' 11"||BIRTHPLACE:||Burnaby, BC, Canada|
|WEIGHT:||201||DRAFTED:||OTT / 2000 NHL Entry Draft|
|Shoots:||Left||ROUND:||5th (156th overall)|
- Leads the Avalanche with 122 blocked shots this season.
- Has blocked 1,277 shots in 492 career games (2.6 per contest).
- Led his respective team in blocked shots for five consecutive seasons from 2006-2011.
- Paced the Nashville Predators in blocked shots in 2006-07, ’07-08 and ’08-09 and led the Minnesota Wild in both 2009-10 and 2010-11.
- Had a season-high six blocks on Feb. 20 vs. St. Louis and again on March 6 at Chicago.
- Had an assist and was +1 in his Avalanche debut on Jan. 19 at Minnesota.
- Is the first player in Avalanche history to have his last name start with the letter 'Z'
- The only other franchise player with a last name that starts with 'Z' was Richard Zemlak, who played 20 games for the Nordiques in 1986-87.
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.