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Quebec nordiques 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 the start of the first season, 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 in north america. 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.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. 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. 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.Tremblay, who retired at the end of the season and had his number 3 jersey retired. The 1980sedit 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. North Face Sale Forced to let all but three players go in a dispersal draft, the nordiques sunk to the bottom of the standings.They finished the 1979-80 NHL season last in their division 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. 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. Led by goulet and peter stastny, the nordiques made the playoffs eight years in a row.In 1981-82, despite notching only 82 points in the regular season, they defeated the Montreal Canadiens and then the Boston Bruins, both in winner-Take-All games on the road.Their cinderella run ended when they were swept by the new york islanders in the conference finals. The rivalry with the montreal canadiens intensified during the 1983-84 NHL season culminating in the infamous"Vendredi saint"Brawl during the 1984 playoffs.The habs scored five unanswered goals in the third period of game 6 at the montreal forum to eliminate the nordiques.The goals all came after peter stastny and dale hunter were ejected in the brawl. In 1984-85, Montreal and Quebec battled for the Adams Division championship.The nordiques finished with 91 points, at the time their highest point total as an nhl team.However, the habs won the division by three points-Solidified by a 7-1 Canadiens trashing of the Nordiques at The Forum in the final week of the regular season.The nordiques would exact revenge in the adams finals with a seven-Game victory, which was clinched by peter stastny's overtime goal at the forum.They then took the powerful philadelphia flyers, who had the league's best record, to six games. They won their first nhl division title in 1985-86, but a defensive collapse in the playoffs allowed the Hartford Whalers North Face Jackets Outlet to sweep the Nordiques in three games. 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.In that same 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. 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 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 1990sedit 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. 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. 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 lindros deal is a strong contender for one of the most one-Sided trades not merely in nhl history, but professional sports history.Forsberg won the calder memorial trophy in 1995, his first season with the nordiques, and would be one of the cornerstones of the nordiques/avalanche franchise for almost a decade.Ricci would give three useful seasons to the franchise before being traded, while hextall 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, north face body warmer 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.