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Quebec Nordiques

The franchise originally destined for San Francisco was purchased and relocated to Quebec in February 1972.

After splitting their first two games, coach Maurice “Rocket” Richard, quit, leaving Maurice Filion to guide the team for the rest of the season. The Nordiques missed the playoffs that year and again the following year under new coach Jacques Plante, but they would not miss the playoffs again for the rest of their time in the WHA.

Under the leadership of Jean-Guy Gendron, the Nordiques finished in first place for the first time and they advanced all the way to the AVCO Cup final before being swept by the Houston Aeros. The Nordiques improved again in 1975-1976, only to fall to the Calgary Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs. That series was marred by Rick Jodzio's attack on Marc Tardif that landed Tardif in the hospital.

With new coach Marc Boileau at the helm the following year, the Nordiques finished in first place for the second time in three years and advanced to their second AVCO Cup final. There, they beat the Winnipeg Jets in an epic seven-game series to capture their first and only championship before their home fans at Le Colisee.

The Nordiques had good teams in each of the next two seasons, but they failed to recapture their championship form of 1977. They were eliminated by the Whalers in the second round of the 1978 playoffs and swept by the Jets the following year.

After the 1978-1979 season, the Nordiques were one of the four surviving WHA teams to join the NHL. With the additions of the three Stastny brothers and prolific goal scorer Michel Goulet, they were one of the most successful former WHA teams to compete in the NHL, but they would later fall on hard times. The franchise eventually relocated to Denver, Colorado following the 1995 season.
Season Team GP W L T Pts Pct. GF GA Finish
1972-1973 Quebec Nordiques 78 33 40 5 71 0.455 276 313 5th place, Eastern Division
1973-1974 Quebec Nordiques 78 38 36 4 80 0.513 306 280 5th place, Eastern Division
1974-1975 Quebec Nordiques 78 46 32 0 92 0.590 331 299 1st place, Canadian Division
1975-1976 Quebec Nordiques 81 50 27 4 104 0.642 371 316 2nd place, Canadian Division
1976-1977 Quebec Nordiques 81 47 31 3 97 0.599 353 295 1st place, Eastern Division
1977-1978 Quebec Nordiques 80 40 37 3 83 0.519 349 347 4th place, League
1978-1979 Quebec Nordiques 80 41 34 5 87 0.544 288 271 2nd place, League
Totals   556 295 237 24 614 0.552 2274 2121  
All-Time Franchise Records

Games Played

Player GP
J.C. Tremblay454
Serge Bernier417
Real Cloutier369
Francois Lacombe369
Marc Tardif348

Goals

Player G
Real Cloutier283
Marc Tardif264
Serge Bernier230
Rejean Houle118
Paulin Bordeleau101

Assists

Player A
J.C. Tremblay358
Serge Bernier336
Marc Tardif315
Real Cloutier283
Christian Bordeleau214

Points

Player Pts
Marc Tardif579
Serge Bernier566
Real Cloutier566
J.C. Tremblay424
Christian Bordeleau312

Penalty Minutes

Player PIM
Pierre Roy732
Paul Baxter724
Steve Sutherland488
Serge Bernier486
Curt Brackenbury465

Games Played - Goaltender

Player GP
Richard Brodeur305
Serge Aubry130
Jim Corsi63
Michel DeGuise50
Ken Broderick24

Wins

Player W
Richard Brodeur165
Serge Aubry59
Jim Corsi26
Michel DeGuise18
Ed Humphreys12

Shutouts

Player SO
Richard Brodeur8
Serge Aubry4
Jim Corsi3
Ed Humphreys1
Michel DeGuise1
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