1972/73: Originally slated to play as the Sharks in San Francisco the WHA decides to sell the franchise to a group of Quebec City investors led by Paul Racine for $215,000, after the necessary financing never came through in San Francisco. Choosing the name Nordiques, since they were one of the Northern most franchise in hockey, the team lured J.C. Tremblay away from the NHL's Montreal Canadiens. Coached by Habs legend Maurice "The Rocket" Richard the Nordiques played their first game on October 11th losing to the Cleveland Crusaders 3-2. After that first game Richard decided coaching was not for him, and he stepped down. However, the other Canadiens import J.C. Tremblay was rousing success as he led the upstart league in assists with 75. However, with a 33-40-5 record the Nords would fall three points shy of the playoffs in fifth place in the Eastern Division.
1973/74: The Nordiques picked up WHA stars Serge Bernier and Rejean Houle and improved to post a 38-36-4 record. However, in the competitive Eastern Division it would only land them in fifth place, as they missed the playoffs again by one point.
1974/75: Les Nordiques continued to get stronger as they acquired Real Cloutier and Marc Tardif. The new additions had an immediate impact as the Nordiques made their first playoff appearance while winning the Canadian Division with a 46-32-0 record, as Serge Bernier scored a team high 54 goals. In the playoffs the Nordiques would make quick work of the Phoenix Roadrunners tossing them off the cliff in five games. In the semifinals the Nords would beat the Minnesota Fighting Saints in six games to reach the WHA Finals. However, the Nordiques would be swept by the Houston Aeros led by Gordie Howe and his two sons in four straight games.
1975/76: Coming off their AVCO Cup finals appearance the Nordiques remained one of the top teams in the WHA as they finished second in the Canadian Division with a solid 50-27-4 record, as Marc Tardif captured the league's scoring title and MVP. However, after a first round bye the Nordiques would be stunned by the Calgary Cowboys in five games after Tardif was lost for the series after a violent hit by the Cowboys Rick Jodzio.
1976/77: The Nordiques continued to be one of the WHA's premier teams as they won the Eastern Division with a solid 47-31-3 record as Real Cloutier captured the league's scoring title with 66 goals. In the playoffs the Nordiques would nee just five games to sink the New England Whalers and five more to knock the Indianapolis Racers off track on the way to their 2nd Finals appearance in three years. Facing the Winnipeg Jets for the AVCO Cup the series would go back and forth before the Nords emerged victorious in seven games, as Serge Bernier earned Playoff MVP honors.
1977/78: The WHA began to show signs of crumbling as the Nordiques posted a 40-37-3 record off their first Championship, finishing in fourth place as Marc Tardif won his second MVP and scoring title in three years. In the playoffs the Nords would skate past the Houston Aeros in six games before having their Championship reign ended in five games by the New England Whalers in the semifinals.
1978/79: With the future of the WHA in doubt Nordiques owner Marcel Aubut began lobbying the NHL to admit his franchise and absorb all the WHA franchise as part of a merger. The NHL would reject an all out merger but did agree to admit four of the stronger WHA teams (New England Whalers, Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers and the Quebec Nordiques) into the NHL despite initially objections by the Montreal Canadiens who did not want the Nordiques infringing on their territory. In the final WHA season the Nords would finish in second place with a 41-34-5 record as Real Cloutier won the league's final scoring title. However, in the playoffs the Nords would be swept in four straight games by the Winnipeg Jets who went on to win the final AVCO cup. In one last good bye J.C. Tremblay the star attraction for the original Nordiques retired with a big ceremony in the summer, compete with having his number 3 raised to the rafters of Le Colisee de Quebec.
1979/80: As with other WHA teams that joined the NHL, the Nordiques were allowed to only retain three players, (with the rest being place in a dispersal draft) thus becoming an expansion team again, and marking the NHL's return to Quebec City 60 years after the Bulldogs left for Hamilton. That first year in the NHL would be a rough one for the Nordiques who finished in last place with a record of 25-44-11.
1980/81: Rookie Peter Stastny would have an immediate impact upon joining the Nordiques as he captured ten Calder Trophy while posting 109 points as the Nords made the playoffs with a record of 30-32-18. However, in the playoff the Nordiques would find themselves in a quick 0-2 hole after losing the first two games of a five game series to the Flyers in Philadelphia. The Nords would win the next two games in Quebec, but would eventually fall in Game 5 as the series returned to Philly.
1981/82: The Nordiques would make the playoffs again while finishing in fourth place with a record of 33-31-16. Facing their Provincial Rival the Montreal Canadiens in the first round the Nordiques would stun their more famous rivals in five games with an overtime goal by Dale Hunter in Game 5 at the historic Montreal Forum. In the Adams Division finals the Nordiques would stun another original six team as they beat the Boston Bruins in seven games. However, the Nords would run out of gas in the Wales Conference finals as they were swept in four straight games by the New York Islanders who were on their way to their third straight Stanley Cup.
1982/83: Coming off a trip to the Conference Finals the Nordiques remained a playoff contender despite only posting a 34-34-12 record that landed them in fourth place. In the playoffs the Nordiques would be unable to match their magical run as they fell to the Boston Bruins in four games.
1983/84: The Nordiques would show some improvement in the regular season as they climbed up to third place while posting a record of 42-28-10. In the playoffs the Nords continued to play strong hockey as they swept the Buffalo Sabres in three straight games. However, in the Adams Division Final the Nordiques would fall in six games in their much anticipated rematch with the Montreal Canadiens.
1984/85: The Nordiques would battle their PQ rival Montreal Canadiens all season for first place falling three points short of their first Division title in the NHL with a record of 41-30-9. In the playoffs the Nordiques would survive a shoot out with Buffalo Sabres winning in five games despite allowing 18 goals in the final three games. Facing the Canadiens in the Adams Division Finals the Nordiques would burn the Habs in overtime three times including in Game 7 on a goal by Peter Stastny to reach their second Wales Conference Finals. However, in Nords would fall in six games to the Philadelphia Flyers.
1985/86: Led by 100-point season from Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet the Nordiques win their first Division title since joining the NHL by posting a solid record of 43-31-6. However, in the playoff the Nordiques defense would spring a leak as they were stunned by the Hartford Whalers in three straight games, allowing nine goals in the series Game 3 finale.
1986/87: Le Colisse de Quebec would play host to a two game summit series of NHL All-Stars facing the Soviet Union Team called Rendezvous '87 that was held instead of the league's annual All-Star Game. The two teams would split the games, as Quebec City was the center of the hockey universe for a short time in February. However, Le Nordiques would not look as shimmering as they fell to fourth place with a 31-39-10 record. Despite their disappointing record the Nords would make the playoffs where they would get revenge on the Hartford Whalers by beating them in six games. However, in the Adams Division Finals the Nords would fall in a seven game war against the rival Montreal Canadiens.
1987/88: The Nordiques would struggle all season missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years while finishing in last place with a dreadful record of 32-43-5.
1988/89: The Nordiques struggles would continue as they finished in last place and missed the playoffs for the second straight season with a league worst record of 27-46-7.
1989/90: After a comeback with the New York Rangers the Nordiques bring French Hockey legend, Guy Lafleur, who was already a member of the NHL Hall Of Fame as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, home to Quebec. However, it would be a year of transition for the Nordiques as Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet are dealt away as the Nords post an awful franchise worse record of 12-61-7.
1990/91: Clearly in the midst of a youth movement the Nordiques experiment in having 21-year old Joe Sakic serve as Captain. Sakic would struggle with the added responsibility as the Nordiques finished dead last again with a hideous record of 16-50-14, as Guy Lafleur made his final goodbye to hockey.
1991/92: The Quebec Nordiques hit rock bottom as a franchise as first round draft pick Eric Lindros refuses to play in the French-speaking city. While Lindros refused any offer from the Nordiques the team continued to struggle finishing in last place for the fifth year in a row with a record of 20-48-12. Following the season as the draft approached the Nordiques were forced to deal Eric Lindros away. Of course they managed to mess that up to as they agreed on two separate deal one involving the New York Rangers and another involving the Philadelphia Flyers. An arbitrator was asked to come in and ruled the Flyers deal was agreed upon first and the Nords would receive Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, Ron Hextall, Jocelyn Thibault, a first-round pick in 1994, and cash in exchange for the OHL star.
1992/93: Joe Sakic would once again be named team Captain as the Nordiques young players began to show promise as both Sakic and Mats Sundin topped 100 points while the Nordiques completed the best single season improvement in NHL history finishing in second place with a solid record of 42-27-10. In the playoffs the Nordiques would get off to a fast start beating the Montreal Canadiens in the first two games at Le Colisee. However, the Habs would rebound to win the next four games including taking two in overtime to claim the series and start another run at a Stanley Cup Championship which included an incredible ten overtime wins.
1993/94: Coming off their solid season the young Nordiques would suffer a setback as they struggled all season with injuries and missed the playoffs with a disappointing record of 34-42-8.
1994/95: After taking a step backward the Nordiques trade budding star Mat Sundin to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Wendell Clark and Sylvain Lefebrve in a move to add veteran experience and toughness to the young team. In addition the Nords would name Marc Crawford as the teams new Coach. However, weather it would work or not was put on hold as the NHL endured a four month lockout. When the season started the Nordiques were clearly one of the strongest teams as the finished with a 30-13-5 record that was the best record in the Eastern Conference. Helping to lead the way is Peter Forsberg who captures the Calder Trophy in a successful rookie season that saw him score 50 points in 47 games. However, as the playoffs began the very future of the Nordiques was in doubt as owner Marcel Aubut announced he needed a bail out from the Provincial Government to keep the team operating in Quebec for the following season. With rumors of a move floating over their heads the Nordiques would stumble in the playoffs losing in six games to the New York Rangers. The troubles were too much for Aubut to overcome, as the bail out was not approved and he was forced to sell the team to investors in Denver, who moved the team to Colorado. Once in Colorado the team would change its name to Avalanche and would go on to win the Stanley Cup in their first season in the Rocky Mountains. Gone but not forgotten fans in Quebec celebrated almost as if they were still the Nordiques.
1995-Present: The Nordiques began a series of movements for the former QHA teams as over a period of three years three of the four former WHA teams would relocate, leaving just the Edmonton Oilers behind to wave the league's banner. The Nords moved also singled a troubling sign for the NHL in which teams with loyal fan still had to move because they could not compete with the big market and escalating contracts. The following year would see the Winnipeg Jets land in Phoenix giving the NHL more teams in the Sunbelt then in Canada, something once though of as unthinkable. The battle that began in the Nordiques final season with a lockout that took away half of the season would come to a head ten years later with another lockout that wiped out an entire season. After the lockout the NHL came back with a salary cap once again giving hope to loyal Canadian Markets that lost teams that the NHL may some day return. Although unlike Winnipeg, Quebec City has yet to build a new arena instead choosing to renovate Le Colissee, which was briefly used as a AHL affiliate for the rival Canadiens.
First NHL Game October 10, 1979
Final Game May 16, 1995
Moved to Colorado in 1995
Played in WHA 1972-1979
Maurice Richard 1972/73
Maurice Filion 1972/73
Jacques Plante 1973/74
Jean-Guy Gendron 1974/75-1975/76
Marc Boileau 1976/77-1977/78
Maurice Filion 1977/78
Jacques Demers 1978/79-1979/80
Maurice Filion 1980/81
Michel Bergeron 1980/81-1986/87
Andre Savard 1987/88
Ron Lapointe 1987/88-1988/89
Jean Perron 1988/89
Michel Bergeron 1989/90
Dave Chambers 1990/91-1991/92
Pierre Page 1991/92-1993/94
Mark Crawford 1994/95
Le Colisee de Quebec 1972-1995
WHA Avco Cup Champions: (1)
WHA Avco Cup Finals: (2)
WHA Division Champions: (2)
WHA Playoff Appearences: (5)
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979
Stanley Cup Champions:
Stanley Cup Finals:
NHL Conference Finals: (2)
NHL Division Champions: (2)
Playoff Appearences: (9)
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1993, 1995
Hall of Famers: (5)
Michel Goulet LW 1979-1990
Guy Lafleur RW 1989-1991
Joe Sakic C 1988-1995
Peter Stastny C 1980-1990
Mats Sundin C 1990-1994
Jean-Guy Gendron 1972/73-1973/74
Micheal Parizeau 1974/75-1975/76
Marc Tardif 1976/77-1980/81
Robbie Ftorek 1981/82
Andre Dupont 1981/82
Mario Marois 1982/83-1985/86
Peter Stastny 1985/86-1989/90
Joe Sakic 1990/91
Steven Finn 1990/91
Mike Hough 1991/92
Joe Sakic 1992/93-1994/95
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Colorado Avalanche 1995/96-Present
Means people of the north and the committee named them Nordiques (then in the WHA) because they were one of the northernmost team in pro hockey at 52 degrees North.
Retired Numbers: (4)
3 J.C. Tremblay D 1972-1979
8 Marc Tardiff LW 1974-1983
16 Michel Goulet LW 1979-1990
26 Peter Stastny C 1980-1990
WHA All-Star Games Hosted: (2)
WHA All-Star Game MVP: (2)
1976 Rejean Houle LW
1976 Real Cloutier RW
NHL All-Star Games Hosted: (1)
*-Rendezvous '87 NHL All-Stars Vs. USSR
NHL All-Star Game MVP:
WHA Cocah of the Year:
WHA Rookie of the Year:
WHA Top Defenseman: (1)
1973 J.C. Tremblay
1975 J.C. Tremblay
WHA Best Goalie:
WHA MVP: (2)
1976 Marc Tardif LW
1978 Marc Tardif LW
Jack Adams Award (Top Coach): (1)
1995 Mark Crawford
Calder Trophy (Top Rookie): (2)
1981 Peter Stastny C
1995 Peter Forsberg RW
Masterton Trophy (Dedication):
Lady Byng (Gentlemanly Play):
Selke Trophy (Defensive Fwd):
Norris Trophy (Defenseman):
Vezina Trophy (Top Goalie):
Hart Trophy (NHL MVP):
WHA Playoff MVP: (1)
1977 Serge Bernier C
Conn Smythe (Playoff MVP):
WHA: 1975/76 (50-27-4, 104 pts)
NHL: 1992/93 (47-27-10, 104 pts)
WHA: 1972/73 (33-40-5, 71 pts)
NHL: 1989/90 (12-61-7, 31 pts)
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Foster Hewittt Award Winners: (1)
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