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Encyclopedia > Quebec Nordiques
Quebec Nordiques
(Nordiques de Québec)
Founded 1972
History Quebec Nordiques
1972 - 1995
Colorado Avalanche
1995 - Present
Arenas Colisée de Québec
City Quebec City, Quebec
Team Colors Red, White, and Blue
Stanley Cups none
Conference Championships none
Division Championships 1986, 1995

The Quebec Nordiques (in french "Nordiques de Québec", pronounced [nɔʀ.dzɪk]; translated into English as "Northmen" or "Northerners") were a professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The Nordiques played in the World Hockey Association (1972-1979) and the National Hockey League (1979-1995). The franchise was relocated to Denver in 1995 and renamed the Colorado Avalanche. Image File history File links Quebec_nordiques. ... The 1972-73 WHA season was the first regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... A request has been made of the Mediation Cabal for mediation on this page. ... Colisée Pepsi (formerly the Colisée de Québec) is an indoor arena in Quebec City, Quebec. ... Motto: « Don de Dieu feray valoir Â» (I shall put Gods gift to good use) Site in the province of Québec Official logo Provincial region Province Country Capitale-Nationale Québec Canada Gentilé Québécois, Québécoise Mayor Jean-Paul LAllier 1989-Dec. ... The 1985-86 NHL season was the 69th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Note: This page contains IPA phonetic symbols in Unicode. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Motto: « Don de Dieu feray valoir Â» (I shall put Gods gift to good use) Site in the province of Québec Official logo Provincial region Province Country Capitale-Nationale Québec Canada Gentilé Québécois, Québécoise Mayor Jean-Paul LAllier 1989-Dec. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... “NHL” redirects here. ... : The Mile-High City United States Colorado Denver (coextensive) 154. ... The 1995-96 NHL season was the 79th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... A request has been made of the Mediation Cabal for mediation on this page. ...

Contents

Beginnings in the WHA

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The Quebec Nordiques formed as one of the original World Hockey Association teams in 1972. The franchise was originally awarded to a group in San Francisco, playing as the San Francisco Sharks. However, the San Francisco group's funding collapsed, and the WHA hastily sold the organization to a Quebec City-based group headed by Paul Racine and Marcel Aubut. They were named the Nordiques because they were one of the northernmost teams in professional sports. Quebec City is located at 46 degrees north latitude; the only teams located farther north were the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Cowboys, Vancouver Blazers, and Winnipeg Jets. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... The 1972-73 WHA season was the first regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Marcel Aubut (born 1948) is a Canadian lawyer and former president and Chief Executive Officer of the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Latitude, usually denoted symbolically by the Greek letter phi, , gives the location of a place on Earth north or south of the equator. ...


The Nordiques' first head coach was the legendary Maurice "Rocket" Richard but he only lasted one game, a 3-2 loss to the Cleveland Crusaders. The "Rocket" decided coaching wasn't his forte and stepped down. Joseph-Henri-Maurice Rocket Richard PC, CC, OQ (born August 4, 1921 in Laval, Quebec, Canada, died May 27, 2000 in Montreal, Quebec) was a professional ice hockey player, and played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1942 to 1960. ... The Cleveland Crusaders was an ice hockey team that played in the WHA in Cleveland, Ohio from 1972-1976. ...


The Nordiques' first star was two-way defenceman J.C. Tremblay, who led the WHA in assists in the league's first season and would be named a league All-Star for his first four years in Quebec. The next season Serge Bernier and Rejean Houle joined the Nordiques. In 1974-75, they finally made the playoffs with the help of the high-scoring Marc Tardif. They beat the Phoenix Roadrunners and the Minnesota Fighting Saints to reach the finals, where they were swept in four games by the Gordie Howe-led Houston Aeros. Jean-Claude (J.C.) Tremblay (born January 22, 1939 in Bagotville, Quebec - deceased) was a hockey defenceman for the NHL Montreal Canadiens and the WHA Quebec Nordiques notable for playmaking and defensive skills. ... Serge Joseph Bernier (born April 29, 1947 in Padoue, Quebec) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. ... Rejean Houle (born October 25, 1949 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec) was a Canadian ice hockey forward. ... Marc Tardif (born June 12, 1949 in Granby, Quebec) was a Canadian ice hockey forward. ... Phoenix Roadrunners The Phoenix Roadrunners were a team in the now defunct World Hockey Association from 1974 to 1977. ... The Minnesota Fighting Saints were a professional ice hockey team that played in Saint Paul, Minnesota. ... Gordon Gordie Howe, OC (born March 31, 1928 in Floral, Saskatchewan) is a former Canadian professional ice hockey player who played for the Detroit Red Wings and Hartford Whalers in the NHL, and the Houston Aeros and New England Whalers in the WHA. He is often referred to as Mr. ... The Houston Aeros became one of the original ten franchises for the World Hockey Association when the Dayton Aeros moved to Houston in 1971. ...


The next season saw playoff disappointment as the Nordiques lost to the Calgary Cowboys after losing Marc Tardif to injury after a controversial hit by the Cowboys' Rick Jodzio. The Nordiques finally captured the Avco World Trophy in 1976-77 as they took out the New England Whalers and the Indianapolis Racers in five games before beating the Winnipeg Jets in seven. They represented Canada at the Izvestia Hockey Tournament in Moscow, finishing last with an 0-3-1 record. The Calgary Cowboys were a professional ice hockey team that played in the World Hockey Association in the 1970s in Calgary, Alberta. ... Marc Tardif (born June 12, 1949 in Granby, Quebec) was a Canadian ice hockey forward. ... Avco World Trophy The Avco World Trophy was the championship trophy of the original World Hockey Association (1972-1979). ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The Indianapolis Racers were a franchise in the former World Hockey Association. ... The Winnipeg Jets were an ice hockey franchise that existed in both the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League from 1972 to 1996. ... Position of Moscow in Europe Coordinates: Country District Subdivision Russia Central Federal District Federal City Government  - Mayor Yuriy Luzhkov Area  - City 1,081 km²  (417. ...


By 1978, the WHA was on shaky ground, and Aubut, by then the team's President under ownership of the Carling-O'Keefe Brewery, began putting out feelers to the NHL. The Nordiques were unable to defend their title and fell in the playoffs to the New England Whalers. The 1978-79 season would be the final one for the WHA and for J.C. Tremblay, who retired at the end of the season and had his number 3 jersey retired before the Nordiques joined the NHL together with three other WHA teams, the Winnipeg Jets, New England Whalers, and the Edmonton Oilers. The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... World Hockey Association logo The 1978-79 WHA season was the seventh and last regular season of the now defunct World Hockey Association (WHA). ... The Winnipeg Jets were an ice hockey franchise that existed in both the World Hockey Association and the National Hockey League from 1972 to 1996. ... The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team based in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professional ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ...


The 1980s

Forced to let all but three players go in a dispersal draft, the Nordiques were now an expansion team and sunk to the bottom of the standings. They finished the 1979-80 NHL season in last place despite the play of promising rookie left winger Michel Goulet. An early highlight to the otherwise dreary season came when Real Cloutier became the second (following Alex Smart) NHL player ever to score a hat trick in his first NHL game. Image File history File links Quebec_nordiques. ... The 1979 NHL Expansion Draft was held on June 13, 1979. ... The 1979-80 NHL season was the 63rd season of the National Hockey League. ... Michel Goulet (April 21, 1960 in Peribonka, Quebec was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. ... Real Cloutier (born July 20, 1956 in St. ... A hat-trick in sports is associated with succeeding at anything three times in three consecutive attempts. ...


In 1980 the Nordiques signed Anton Stastny, a member of the Czechoslovak national team, and a Nordiques' draft choice, who defected earlier that year. His brothers, Peter and Marian, would soon follow and also sign with Quebec. The following season, led by Peter Stastny's 109-point Calder Trophy-winning performance, the Nordiques made the NHL playoffs for the first time, but fell in the best-of-five opening round in five games to the Philadelphia Flyers. The 1980-81 NHL season was the 64th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Anton Šťastný (born August 5, 1959 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia) is a former Slovak ice hockey left wing who played nine seasons with the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League from 1980 until 1989. ... Peter Šťastný (born September 18, 1956 in Bratislava, Slovakia) is a Slovak ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1980 to 1995. ... Marián Šťastný (born January 8, 1953 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia) is a former Slovak ice hockey right wing who played for five seasons in the National Hockey League from 1981 until 1986. ... The Calder Memorial Trophy, is a National Hockey League trophy, presented annually to the best rookie of the year as voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...


Led by Goulet and Peter Stastny, the Nordiques remained strong contenders for several seasons. Quebec again made the playoffs in 1981-82, defeating the arch-rival Montreal Canadiens and then the Boston Bruins, both in winner-take-all games on the road, but were swept by the New York Islanders in the conference finals. The classic NHL shield logo The 1981-82 NHL season was the 65th season of the National Hockey League. ... The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a hamlet located on Long Island. ...


The rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens intensified during the 1983-84 NHL season culminating in the infamous "Vendredi Saint" brawl during the 1984 playoffs, after which the Habs eliminated the Nordiques from the postseason, by scoring five unanswered goals in the third period of Game 6 at The Forum, all after the brawl which saw Peter Stastny and Dale Hunter ejected. In the 1986-87 season, when Quebec hosted Rendez-Vous '87, an alteration of the All-Star Game to include the Soviet national team, the Nordiques became the first NHL team to employ a costumed mascot when Badaboum - a fuzzy, roly-poly blue creature - began entertaining fans at the Colisée with his bizarre dance routines. Badaboum was created for Rendez-Vous, but created such a following that the Nordiques made it a permanent fixture at home games. The Montreal Canadiens (French: ) are a professional ice hockey team based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The 1983-84 NHL season was the 67th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ...


In 1984-85, Montreal and Quebec battled for the Adams Division championship. The Habs won by three points - solidified by a 7-1 Canadiens trashing of the Nordiques at The Forum in the final week of the regular season - but the Nordiques would exact revenge in the playoffs with a seven-game victory, which was clinched by Peter Stastny's overtime goal. They won their first NHL division title in 1985-86, but a defensive collapse in the playoffs allowed the Hartford Whalers to sweep the Nordiques in three games. Peter Šťastný (born September 18, 1956 in Bratislava, Slovakia) is a Slovak ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1980 to 1995. ... The 1985-86 NHL season was the 69th regular season of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Hartford Whalers (known as the New England Whalers as a World Hockey Association (WHA) franchise from 1972-79), was a National Hockey League (NHL) team that played from 1979-97. ...


The next season saw more of the Nords-Habs rivalry as the playoff series went to seven games, with the Canadiens coming out on top. But this was the end of the Nordiques relatively successful period, as decline began the following season. The Nordiques finished last in their division and missed the playoffs for the first time in eight years. In 1988-89 they had the league's worst record. The arrival of Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur in 1989 came with much fanfare, but it soon became clear Lafleur's best years were far behind him. "The Flower" managed only 24 goals in 98 games with Quebec over two seasons, but the 38-year-old was still among the team's best players, while receiving diminished ice time. The Nords finished with the worst season in franchise history, with only 12 wins and 31 points. Both Michel Goulet and Peter Stastny were traded in 1990, winding up with the Chicago Blackhawks and New Jersey Devils respectively. Despite the stellar play of young forward Joe Sakic, the Nordiques struggled throughout the late '80s and early '90s. They hit rock bottom in 1989-90, finishing with a hideous record of 12-61-7--the worst in franchise history, and the second of three straight seasons with the worst record in the league. However, in that year's draft they drafted Swedish prospect Mats Sundin, making him the first European to be selected first overall in the NHL draft. The following year Quebec chose first again, taking Owen Nolan. The 1988-89 NHL season was the 72nd season of the National Hockey League. ... Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, CQ, (born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec), is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ... The 1989-90 NHL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Chicago Blackhawks are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. ... The New Jersey Devils are a professional ice hockey team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. ... Joseph Steve Sakic[2] (born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, Canada) is a professional hockey player who is the captain of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. ... The 1989-90 NHL season was the 73rd regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1989 NHL Entry Draft was held in June at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, Minnesota . ... Mats Johan Sundin (born February 13, 1971, in Bromma, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre and captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. ... B.C. Place, Vancouver, British Columbia The 1990 NHL Entry Draft was held June 16th at B.C. Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Owen Liam Nolan (born February 12, 1972 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish Canadian professional hockey player who is currently playing for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. ...


The 1990s

In 1991 the Nordiques once again had the first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft. The best player in that year's draft, Eric Lindros, repeatedly said he would never play for Quebec, but the Nords picked him anyway. As a result, Lindros refused to wear the team jersey on Draft Day, and only held it for press photographs. Lindros, on advice of his mother Bonnie, refused to sign with the team and began a holdout that would last over a year. Meanwhile, the Nordiques finished with another dreadful season in 1991-92, missing the 70-point barrier for the fifth year in a row. The 1991 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 22th at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. ... Eric Bryan Lindros (born February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... The 1991-92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


Finally on June 30, 1992, after confusion over whether Quebec had traded Lindros' rights to the Philadelphia Flyers or New York Rangers was settled, the Nordiques sent Lindros to the Flyers in exchange for forward Mike Ricci, goaltender Ron Hextall, defencemen Steve Duchesne and Kerry Huffman, "future considerations" (eventually became enforcer Chris Simon), two first-round picks and US$15 million. One of the draft picks was used by the Nordiques to select goaltender Jocelyn Thibault, the other was traded twice and ultimately used by the Washington Capitals to select Nolan Baumgartner. Also in the trade were the rights to a Swedish teenage prospect named Peter Forsberg. The deal - probably the single most significant NHL transaction of the entire decade - transformed the Nordiques from league doormats to a legitimate Stanley Cup contender almost overnight. June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 184 days remaining. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred to... Michael Mike Ricci (born 27 October 1971 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL. // Playing career Mike Ricci was selected 4th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. ... Ron niggerdick Hextall (born May 3, 1964 in Brandon, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender most often associated with the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. ... Steve Duchesne (born June 30, 1965 in Sept-Iles, Quebec, Canada) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the NHL from 1986-87 until 2001-02. ... Kerry Huffman (born January 3, 1968 in Peterborough, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman. ... Chris Simon (born January 30, 1972 in Wawa, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey player. ... Jocelyn Thibault (born January 12, 1975 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. ... The Washington Capitals are a professional ice hockey team based in Washington, D.C.. They play in the National Hockey League (NHL). ... Nolan Baumgartner (born on March 23, 1976 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian professional hockey defenceman currently playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms of the AHL. // Baumgartner was chosen by the Washington Capitals in the 1st round, 10th overall of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. ...   (born July 20, 1973, in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) is a professional Swedish ice hockey player currently playing center for the Nashville Predators. ...


During the 1992-93 NHL season, these new players, along with Sakic - now a bona fide NHL All-Star -and the rapidly developing Sundin and Nolan, led Quebec to the biggest single-season improvement in NHL history. The Nordiques jumped from 52 points in the previous year to 104--in the process, going from the second-worst record in the league to the fourth-best. They made the playoffs for the first time in six seasons, but fell to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Canadiens in the first round. They would miss the playoffs the next season as they struggled with injuries. The 1992-93 NHL season was the 76th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


The Lindros deal is a strong contender for one of the most one-sided trades not merely in NHL history, but professional sports history. Despite Lindros' fine career, no NHL general manager would now -- in retrospect -- trade him even up for Forsberg. Forsberg won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1995, his first season with the Nordiques, and would be one of the cornerstones of the franchise for almost a decade. Ricci would give three useful seasons to the franchise before being traded, while Hextall's was moved after a single season to the New York Islanders. In return, the franchise got two draft picks, which they used to select Adam Deadmarsh and Alex Tanguay, who would both be key members of the Avalanche Cup-winning teams. Thibault would, after the franchise shift to Denver, be traded for Montreal goalie Patrick Roy. Calder Memorial Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Calder Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the best rookie in the National Hockey League. ... The New York Islanders are a professional ice hockey team based in Uniondale, New York, a hamlet located on Long Island. ... Adam Deadmarsh (born May 10, 1975 in Trail, British Columbia, Canada) is an National Hockey League hockey player who played for the 1996 Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup winning team. ... Alex Tanguay (born November 21, 1979, in Sainte-Justine, Quebec) is a professional ice hockey player. ... Patrick Roy (IPA pronunciation: ), (born October 5, 1965, in Ste. ...


Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1979-80 80 25 44 11 61 248 313 1062 5th in Adams Did not qualify
1980-81 80 30 32 18 78 314 318 1524 4th in Adams Lost Preliminary Round (Philadelphia)
1981-82 80 33 31 16 82 356 345 1757 4th in Adams Won Adams Semifinal (Montreal), Won Adams Final (Boston), Lost Wales Conference Final (NY Islanders)
1982-83 80 34 34 12 80 343 336 1648 4th in Adams Lost Adams Semifinal (Boston)
1983-84 80 42 28 10 94 360 278 1600 3rd in Adams Won Adams Semifinal (Buffalo), Lost Adams Final (Montreal)
1984-85 80 41 30 9 91 323 275 1643 2nd in Adams Won Adams Semifinal (Buffalo), Won Adams Final (Montreal), Lost Wales Conference Final (Philadelphia)
1985-86 80 43 31 6 92 330 289 1847 1st in Adams Lost Adams Semifinal (Hartford)
1986-87 80 31 39 10 72 267 276 1741 4th in Adams Won Adams Semifinal (Hartford), Lost Adams Final (Montreal)
1987-88 80 32 43 5 69 271 306 2042 5th in Adams Did not qualify
1988-89 80 27 46 7 61 269 342 2004 5th in Adams Did not qualify
1989-90 80 12 61 7 31 240 407 2104 5th in Adams Did not qualify
1990-91 80 16 50 14 46 236 354 1741 5th in Adams Did not qualify
1991-92 80 20 48 12 52 255 318 2044 5th in Adams Did not qualify
1992-93 84 47 27 10 104 351 300 1846 2nd in Adams Lost Adams Semifinal (Montreal)
1993-94 84 34 42 8 76 277 292 1625 5th in Northeast Did not qualify
1994-951 48 30 13 5 65 185 134 770 1st in Northeast Lost Eastern Quarterfinal (NY Rangers)
Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM
Grand Totals 1256 497 599 160 1,154 4,625 4,883 26,998
1 Season was shortened due to the 1994-95 NHL lockout.

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The move to Denver

Had the Nordiques stayed in Quebec instead of heading for Denver, this would have been the franchise's new logo.

For the 1994-95 season, Marc Crawford was hired as the new head coach, and Forsberg was deemed ready to finally join the team, but first there was the problem of a lockout. In the shortened season of 48 games, the Nordiques played well and finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. However, the team faltered in the postseason and was eliminated in the first round by the defending Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The 1994-95 NHL season was the 78th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Marc Crawford at the 2006 NHL Awards Ceremony. ... The 1994-95 NHL lockout came after a year of NHL hockey that was played without a collective bargaining agreement. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. Playing their home games at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers are one of the oldest teams in the National Hockey League, and are part of the group of teams referred to...


The playoff loss proved to be Quebec's swan song in the NHL as the team's financial troubles increasingly took center stage. Quebec City was by far the smallest market in the NHL, and the league's Canadian teams (with the exception of Montreal, Toronto and to a lesser extent, Vancouver) found it difficult to compete in a new age of rising player salaries. This made Lindros and other players concerned about their marketability, especially since the Nords always played in the long shadow of the Canadiens. In addition, Lindros and other players were skittish about playing in what was virtually a unilingual francophone city. There are no privately owned English-language radio stations in the city, and only one privately-owned English language television station. The only English-language newspaper is a weekly. Unlike Montreal, public address announcements were given only in French. The Vancouver Canucks are the professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... A public address system, abbreviated PA system, is an electronic amplification system used as a communication system in public areas. ...


Aubut asked for a bailout from Quebec's provincial government. It didn't go through, and in May 1995, shortly after the Nordiques were eliminated from the playoffs, Aubut was forced to sell the team to a group of investors in Denver, Colorado. The franchise was moved to Denver where it was renamed the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche would win the Stanley Cup in their first season after the move, and add another in 2001. : The Mile-High City United States Colorado Denver (coextensive) 154. ... A request has been made of the Mediation Cabal for mediation on this page. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup (French: ) is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The 2000-01 NHL season was the 84th regular season of the National Hockey League. ...


The Nordiques had planned to change their logo, colours, and uniforms for the 1996-97 season, and the new design had already appeared in the Canadian press.


A committee of local citizens and businesses has been formed in an attempt to bring an NHL franchise back to Quebec City.[1]


A number of Nordiques are still active in professional hockey, including Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg, Owen Nolan, Jocelyn Thibault, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, Martin Rucinsky, Martin Gélinas, Aaron Miller and Adam Foote. Joe Sakic is the only Nordique still with the Quebec/Colorado franchise, although Milan Hejduk was selected #87 overall by the Nordiques at the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Chris Drury, currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres, was also drafted by the Nordiques in 1994, but didn't play for the franchise until the 1998-1999 season, after the team had already moved to Colorado. Mats Johan Sundin (born February 13, 1971, in Bromma, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre and captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. ...   (born July 20, 1973, in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden) is a professional Swedish ice hockey player currently playing center for the Nashville Predators. ... Owen Liam Nolan (born February 12, 1972 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish Canadian professional hockey player who is currently playing for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. ... Jocelyn Thibault (born January 12, 1975 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. ... Michael Mike Ricci (born 27 October 1971 in Scarborough, Ontario) is a Canadian ice hockey centre who currently plays for the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL. // Playing career Mike Ricci was selected 4th overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. ... Chris Simon (born January 30, 1972 in Wawa, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey player. ... Martin Ručinský (born March 11, 1971 in Most, Czech Republic) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... Martin Gélinas (born June 5, 1970 in Shawninigan, Quebec, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player. ... Aaron Miller (born August 11, 1971 in Buffalo, New York) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. Miller was drafted in the 5th round, 88th overall by the New York Rangers in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. ... Adam Foote (born July 10, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman. ... Joseph Steve Sakic[2] (born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, Canada) is a professional hockey player who is the captain of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. ... Milan Hejduk (February 14, 1976 in Ústí nad Labem, Czechoslovakia) is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Colorado Avalanche. ... The NHL entry draft occurs during the off season and consists of amateur players being selected for national teams. ... Christopher Chris Drury (born August 20, 1976 in Trumbull, Connecticut) is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL. He is the younger brother of former player Ted Drury. ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ...


Notable players

Team Captains

Includes WHA captains

  • Jean-Guy Gendron, 1972-74
  • Michel Parizeau, 1974-76
  • Marc Tardif, 1976-81
  • Robbie Ftorek, 1981
  • Andre Dupont, 1981-82
  • No captain, 1982-83


Jean-Guy Gendron (born August 30, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec) is a retired professional ice hockey player who played 863 games in the National Hockey League and 127 in the World Hockey Association. ... Marc Tardif (born June 12, 1949 in Granby, Quebec) was a Canadian ice hockey forward. ... Robbie Ftorek is a former NHL player and coach. ... Andre Moose Dupont (born July 27, 1949 in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec) is a retired professional ice hockey player. ... Mario Marois (born December 15, 1957 in Ancienne Lorette, Quebec, Canada) is a retired Canadian ice hockey defenseman. ... Peter Šťastný (born September 18, 1956 in Bratislava, Slovakia) is a Slovak ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1980 to 1995. ... Steven Finn (born August 20, 1966 in Laval, Quebec, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1985-86 until 1996-97. ... Joseph Steve Sakic[2] (born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, Canada) is a professional hockey player who is the captain of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. ... Michael Lloyd Hough (born February 6, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada) is a former professional ice hockey player who played thirteen seasons in the National Hockey League from 1986-87 until 1998-99. ...

Hall of Famers

Hockey Hall of Fame logo The Hockey Hall of Fame, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is dedicated to the history of ice hockey with exhibits featuring memorabilia and NHL trophies (including the Stanley Cup) along with interactive activities. ... Michel Goulet (April 21, 1960 in Peribonka, Quebec was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. ... Guy Damien Lafleur, OC, CQ, (born September 20, 1951 in Thurso, Quebec), is one of the greatest and most popular players ever to play professional ice hockey. ... Peter Šťastný (born September 18, 1956 in Bratislava, Slovakia) is a Slovak ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1980 to 1995. ...

Retired numbers

Jean-Claude (J.C.) Tremblay (born January 22, 1939 in Bagotville, Quebec - deceased) was a hockey defenceman for the NHL Montreal Canadiens and the WHA Quebec Nordiques notable for playmaking and defensive skills. ... Marc Tardif (born June 12, 1949 in Granby, Quebec) was a Canadian ice hockey forward. ... Michel Goulet (April 21, 1960 in Peribonka, Quebec was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. ... Peter Šťastný (born September 18, 1956 in Bratislava, Slovakia) is a Slovak ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1980 to 1995. ...

First round draft picks

Note: This list does not include selections from the WHA. WHA is also an abbreviation for World Hockey Association WHA (970 AM) is one of the oldest radio stations in the United States, currently part of the Wisconsin Public Radio network. ...

The 1979 NHL Entry Draft took place on August 9, 1979 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec. ... Michel Goulet (April 21, 1960 in Peribonka, Quebec was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who played for the Quebec Nordiques and Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. ... The 1980 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum. ... The 1981 NHL Entry Draft was a draft held in Montreal,Quebec. ... Randy Moller (born August 23, 1963) in Red Deer, Alberta) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played 815 NHL games for the Quebec Nordiques, New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres and the Florida Panthers. ... The 1982 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... David Shaw is the name of: David Shaw is the founder and CEO of D.E. Shaw, see David Shaw (CEO) David Shaw was a writer for the Los Angeles Times from 1968 to 2005, see David Shaw (writer) David Shaw was a British Conservative politician and MP for Dover... The 1983 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... jk;lkkkl;l [popiopi ... The first draft outside of Montreal. ... The 1986 NHL Entry Draft was held on 21 June, at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... Draft order Round 1 Category: ... Bryan Fogarty with the Quebec Nordiques in 1991 Bryan Fogarty (Born June 11, 1969 in Montreal, Quebec - Died March 6, 2002 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) was an ice hockey defenseman who played for the Quebec Nordiques, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens. ... Joseph Steve Sakic[2] (born July 7, 1969 in Burnaby, Canada) is a professional hockey player who is the captain of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League. ... The 1988 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... Curtis Leschyshyn (rhymes with decision) (born September 21, 1969 in Thompson, Manitoba) is a retired former professional ice hockey player who played 1033 games in the National Hockey League. ... The 1989 NHL Entry Draft was held in June at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Bloomington, Minnesota . ... Mats Johan Sundin (born February 13, 1971, in Bromma, Sweden) is a Swedish professional ice hockey centre and captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the National Hockey League. ... B.C. Place, Vancouver, British Columbia The 1990 NHL Entry Draft was held June 16th at B.C. Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. ... Owen Liam Nolan (born February 12, 1972 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish Canadian professional hockey player who is currently playing for the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. ... The 1991 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 22th at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. ... Eric Bryan Lindros (born February 28, 1973 in London, Ontario, Canada) is a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League. ... The 1992 NHL Entry Draft was held on June 20th at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec. ... Todd Warriner (born January 3, 1974 in Blenheim, Ontario) is a Canadian ice hockey forward. ... The 1993 NHL Entry Draft took place on June 26, 1993 at le Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Quebec. ... Jocelyn Thibault (born January 12, 1975 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. ... Adam Deadmarsh (born May 10, 1975 in Trail, British Columbia, Canada) is an National Hockey League hockey player who played for the 1996 Colorado Avalanche Stanley Cup winning team. ... The NHL entry draft occurs during the off season and consists of amateur players being selected for national teams. ... Wade Belak (b. ...

See also

Quebec Nordiques This is a list of players who have played at least one game for the Quebec Nordiques of the National Hockey League (1979-80 to 1994-95) and World Hockey Association (1972-73 to 1978-79). ... List of Quebec Nordiques head coaches: Categories: Quebec Nordiques coaches | Lists of sportspersons ... This is a list of teams that once played in the National Hockey League but no longer exist. ... A request has been made of the Mediation Cabal for mediation on this page. ... This article is on the ice hockey team. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ... A list of National Hockey League seasons since inception of the league: 1917-18 | 1918-19 | 1919-20 | 1920-21 | 1921-22 | 1922-23 | 1923-24 | 1924-25 | 1925-26 | 1926-27 | 1927-28 | 1928-29 | 1929-30 | 1930-31 | 1931-32 | 1932-33 | 1933-34 | 1934-35 | 1935-36... A list of World Hockey Association (WHA) seasons 1972-73 WHA season | 1973-74 WHA season | 1974-75 WHA season | 1975-76 WHA season | 1976-77 WHA season | 1977-78 WHA season | 1978-79 WHA season See also Avco Cup List of NHL seasons List of pre-NHL seasons ...

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