Nordiques Team FormationThe Quebec Nordiques formed as one of the original World Hockey Association teams in 1972. The franchise was not one of the eight original teams established when the league was announced on November 1, 1971. The franchise was originally awarded to a group in San Francisco, as the San Francisco Sharks. However, the San Francisco group’s funding collapsed prior to ...
Merge NHL and WHAAs part of the NHL–WHA merger, the WHA insisted on including all of its surviving Canadian teams, including the Nordiques, among the teams taken into the NHL at the end of the 1978–79 season. As a result, the Nordiques entered the NHL along with the Whalers, Oilers, and Jets. The Nordiques would be placed in the Adams Division of the ...
1991 First Pick in the DraftIn 1991, the Nordiques once again had the first overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft. They picked junior star Eric Lindros, even though he had let it be known well in advance that he would never play for Quebec. Among the reasons, Lindros cited distance, lack of marketing potential, and having to speak French. After the Nordiques selected him ...
Nordiques Move to DenverAubut asked for a bailout from Quebec’s provincial government. However, Premier Jacques Parizeau turned the request down, as few in Quebec were willing to be seen as subsidizing a hockey club that paid multimillion-dollar salaries. Bailouts for Ottawa and Edmonton were also rejected for the same reason. In 1994, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Peter Karmanos was in talks to ...
History of the Nordiques
The Quebec Nordiques are a beloved hockey team with a long and storied history in the NHL. The franchise was founded in 1972 as part of the World Hockey Association (WHA). They were among four teams to join the WHA that year, along with the New England Whalers, Winnipeg Jets, and Houston Aeros. In 1979, they joined forces with four other WHA franchises to become members of the National Hockey League (NHL).
They had great success on the ice throughout their time in both leagues. During their tenure in WHA from 1972-1979, they won three Avco Cup Championships, which is equivalent to winning three Stanley Cups during that period. Once joining NHL for the 1979-1995 season, they made it all way up to the semi-finals twice but unfortunately never managed to win any Stanley Cups. Their most successful season came after trading away Eric Lindros, who went on to become a Hall Of Famer, in 1994 when led by Joe Sakic, ended up losing Conference Finals against Vancouver Canucks.
Unfortunately, due to the financial difficulties owners faced at the time, the team eventually relocated to Colorado Avalanche in 1995, which still plays under a different name today. Despite this disappointment, the Quebec Nordique fan base remains strong even today despite not having an active franchise for the past twenty-five years or so. Many former players such as Peter Stastny and Joe Sakic have been inducted into the Hall Of Fame over those years, while some like Adam Foote remain forever remembered for playing a significant role in making sure the city always remained a proud home for professional ice hockey club the very end.
Quebec City – Denver
1980 – Present / National Hockey League
1972 – 1979 / World Hockey Association
1995 – Present / Colorado Avalanche
1972 – 1995 / Quebec Nordiques
Nordiques – The Quebec Nordiques are one of the most iconic teams in National Hockey League (NHL) history, and their nickname has an interesting origin story. The team was founded in 1972 as part of the World Hockey Association (WHA), and their original name was “Les Nords-de-Québec,” which translates to “Northmen of Quebec.” This nod to French Canadian culture resonated with fans across Canada, who embraced it as a symbol of all that is great about hockey in Quebec.
When the WHA merged with NHL before the 1979 season, Les Nords de Québec became known simply as The Nordiques – or just "the 'Diques" for short – cementing its place among some of the greatest nicknames ever seen on ice rinks around North America. Unsurprisingly, this catchy moniker caught on quickly; it pays tribute to French Canadian culture and a beloved sport at once!
The logo also plays an important role when it comes to an understanding why this nickname has been so successful over time: two blue skates crossed above a white fleur-de-lis set against a red backdrop make up what is now widely recognized by sports fans everywhere as one of hockey's most recognizable logos - even though they've been gone from NHL since 1995! In addition to being visually appealing, these colors were chosen because they resemble those found on traditional flags flown by early settlers throughout New France during its colonization period centuries ago - another way that Nordique pride can be traced back through generations past while still maintaining relevance today amongst modern day sports enthusiasts alike!
Overall there isn't any other team quite like them out there; between their unique name & logo plus their solid fan base built upon decades' worth of loyalty & support...it's safe to say we'll never forget about our beloved 'Diques anytime soon!
Stanley Cup 0
Avco Cup 1
1999 – Present / Pepsi Center
1995 – 1999 / McNichols Sports Arena
1972 – 1995 / Colisée de Québec
2014 – Present / Ann Walton Kroenke
2000 – 2014 / E. Stanley Kroenke
1995 – 2000 / Charlie Lyons
1990 – 1995 / Marcel Aubut
1978 – 1990 / Carling – O’Keefe Brewery
1972 – 1978 / Quebec Remparts
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
3 J. C. Tremblay*
8 Marc Tardif*
16 Michel Goulet*
19 Joe Sakic
21 Peter Forsberg
23 / Milan Hejduk
26 Peter Stastny*
33 / Patrick Roy
52 / Adam Foote
77 / Ray Bourque
99 Wayne Gretzky
*Only retired by the Nordiques
*Blue is this team’s history