1972-1995

Between their inception as a Bay Area WHA team in the early 70s and their move to the Rocky Mountains in the mid 90s, the Nordiques were a hockey force in the capital city of Quebec, Canada. Here's a look at their ups and downs in both the WHA and the NHL.


THE ULTIMATE NORDS ROSTER:
A complete listing of everyone who took the ice for Quebec.


NORDIQUES PLAYER PICTURES:
Action shots of Nordiques players past, and way past.


COLISEE DE QUEBEC:
Visit the exciting and historic home of the Quebec Nordiques.


WHAT IF?:
A fictional account of what might have happened had the Nords stayed in Canada.


MINOR LEAGUE TEAMS:
A quick look at the farm system of the Nordiques from WHA days until the move to Denver.


OTHER HOCKEY RESOURCES:
Other Nordique sites on the web, as well as sites that made this all possible.


Click on the Nordique logo to return to the main page

WHA-era Nordiques logo
WHA-era Nordiques logo, courtesy of Andrew Stiffler

1972
World Hockey Association (WHA) formed. Charter franchise awarded to San Francisco, but moved to Quebec, PQ, Canada before playing a single game. New team named "Nordiques" because it is located further north than any other WHA team.

1972-73
Regular season record: 33-40-5, 71 points.
Missed playoffs
Stats

1973-74
Regular season record: 38-36-4, 80 points.
Missed playoffs
Stats

1974-75
Regular season record: 46-32-0, 92 points.
Defeated Phoenix Roadrunners and Minnesota Fighting Saints in playoffs
Lost to Houston Aeros in Avco Cup final
Canadian Division Champions
Stats

1975-76
Regular season record: 50-27-4, 104 points.
First round bye
Lost to Calgary Cowboys in second round
Stats

1976-77
Regular season record: 47-31-3, 97 points.
Defeated New England Whalers and Indianapolis Racers in playoffs
Defeated Winnipeg Jets in Avco Cup final
Eastern Division Champions
WHA CHAMPIONS

Stats

1977-78
Regular season record: 40-37-3, 83 points.
Defeated Houston Aeros in playoffs
Lost to New England Whalers in second round
Stats

1978-79
Regular season record: 41-34-3, 85 points.
First round bye
Lost to Winnipeg Jets in second round
Stats

1979
WHA folds. Nordiques, along with the New England Whalers (now Carolina Hurricanes), Edmonton Oilers and Winnipeg Jets (now Phoenix Coyotes) join NHL.

1979-80
Regular season record: 25-44-11, 61 points
Missed playoffs
Stats

1980-81
Regular season record: 30-32-18, 78 points
Lost to Philadelphia Flyers in first round
Peter Stastny wins Calder Memorial Trophy (rookie of the year)
Stats

1981-82
Regular season record: 33-31-16, 82 points
Defeated Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in playoffs
Lost to New York Islanders in conference final
Stats

1982-83
Regular season record: 34-34-12, 80 points
Lost to Boston Bruins in first round
Stats

1983-84
Regular season record: 42-28-10, 94 points
Defeated Buffalo Sabres in playoffs
Lost to Montreal Canadiens in second round
Stats

1984-85
Regular season record: 41-30-9, 91 points
Defeated Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens in playoffs
Lost to Philadelphia Flyers in conference final
Stats

1985-86
Regular season record: 43-31-6, 92 points
Lost to Hartford Whalers in first round
Adams Division Champions
Stats

1986-87
Regular season record: 31-39-10, 72 points
Defeated Hartford Whalers in playoffs
Lost to Montreal Canadiens in second round
Stats

1987-88
Regular season record: 32-43-5, 69 points
Missed playoffs
Stats

1988-89
Regular season record: 27-46-7, 61 points
Missed playoffs
Stats

1989-90
Regular season record: 12-61-7, 31 points
Missed playoffs
Stats

1990-91
Regular season record: 16-50-14, 46 points
Missed playoffs
Stats

1991-92
Regular season record: 20-48-12, 52 points
Missed playoffs
Stats

1992-93
Regular season record: 47-27-10, 104 points
Lost to Montreal Canadiens in first round
Team sets NHL record for best-ever single-season turnaround
Stats

1993-94
Regular season record: 34-42-8, 76 points
Missed playoffs
Stats

1995 (lockout-shortened season)
Regular season record: 30-13-5, 65 points
Lost to New York Rangers in first round
Northeast Division Champions
Peter Forsberg wins Calder Memorial Trophy (rookie of the year)
Marc Crawford wins Jack Adams Award (coach of the year)

Stats

Epilogue
Nordiques sold in summer 1995, moved to Denver and renamed Colorado Avalanche.
Avalanche win 1996 Stanley Cup.
Joe Sakic wins 1996 Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.

Avalanche reach 1997 Western Conference Finals and first round in 1998.

Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, 1998.

Stats courtesy of Ralph Slate

W. Lane Startin, Boise, ID
lane@lanestartin.org