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  • The name Nordiques stands for people of the north, representing the fact that the Nordiques (then part of the WHA) were one of the northernmost team in the league.
  • The Nordiques were brought in as one of the original WHA franchises in 1972, luring J.C. Tremblay away from the Montreal Canadiens and signing Maurice "The Rocket" Richard to coach the team.
  • After the Nordiques first game Richard decided coaching was not for him, and he stepped down.
  • For the 1979/80 season, the Nordiques and 3 other WHA teams joined the NHL.
  • In 1980/81, rookie Peter Statsny wins the Calder Trophy scoring 109 points.
  • 1985/86 Peter Stastny and Michel Goulet would both have 100+ point seasons leading the Nordiques to their first Division title since joining the NHL with a record of 43-31-6.
  • For the 1988/89 season Guy Lafleur who was already a hall-of-famer came out of retirement to join the Quebec Nordiques.
  • In 1991/92 first round draft pick Eric Lindros refuses to play for the Nordiques. With Lindros sitting out, the Nordiques went on to finish last for the 5th straight season. The following season, Quebec traded Lindros to the Philadelphia Flyers for Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Chris Simon, Ron Hextall, Jocelyn Thibault, a first-round pick in 1994, and cash.
  • The 1992/93 season proved to be a good one for the Nordiques as Joe Sakic and Mats Sundin topped 100 points helping the Nordiques complete the best single season improvement in NHL history.
  • In 1994/95, the Nordiques traded Mats Sundin to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Wendel Clark and Sylvain Lefebvre in an attempt to add veteran experience and toughness to the young team. That season which was shortened due to a 4 month lockout, the Nordiques posted a record of 30-13-5 record, the best in the Eastern Conference. Unfortunately, due to financial problems that season was to be their last, as the team moved to Denver the following season and became the Colorado Avalanche.

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