The tough cookie is best known for being Wayne Gretzky’s personal bodyguard.

He earned his nickname as a rookie in 1938-39 by posting scoreless streaks of 231 minutes 54 seconds and 220 minutes 24 seconds en route to 10 shutouts and a Stanley Cup. 19 Joe Sakic During his 14-year career, Morenz became the NHL’s first superstar, winning two scoring titles, three MVP awards and three Stanley Cups. It’s not enough to be called “Red” if a player was a redhead. The franchise was originally awarded to a group in San Francisco, as the San Francisco Sharks. [19][20], However, the rivalry never died.

Joseph was one of the better goalies of his era, playing for seven different NHL teams from 1989 to 2009. [8] The teams split the first four games of the best-of-seven series before Montreal won Game 5 in Quebec City, 4–0. The captaincy (C) was in the hands of Marc-André Michaud as of 2003. Sign up for our 'DAILY BEST Newsletter' for the latest & greatest hockey news & analysis. There are no words. The teams played against each other five times in the NHL playoffs, and the Canadiens won three of the series.

It’s based on the cliché sour grapes, since Cherry only made it to the NHL for one game.
Colorful hockey nicknames are an integral part of the game’s history. He was a sniper, scoring 40 of more goals eight times, reaching 50 twice and 60 once. Off the ice, he was the ultimate ambassador of hockey, unselfishly doing what’s best for the sport and for the communities that he’s been a part of. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They were named the Nordiques because they were one of the northernmost teams in professional sports in North America.

The Nordiques took a 2–0 lead in the series, but Montreal won four straight games after that to capture the series.

Just seeing the legendary Canadiens’ name conjures up images of him speeding down the wing with his hair flowing behind him. But sharing a last name with Vlasic Pickles founder Frank Vlasic meant Pickles would be his chosen name and not cucumber.eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'thehockeywriters_com-leader-4','ezslot_11',669,'0','0'])); On March 21, 1991, Ron Tuggnutt stopped 70 of 73 shots to help the Quebec Nordiques earn a point in a tie-game with the Boston Bruins. As a result, the Nordiques entered the NHL along with the Whalers, Oilers, and Jets. Imlach was accidentally knocked out by an elbow to the head during a senior league game. He was also versatile in that he could do it all.

Richard was unquestionably the best goal scorer of his era. However, in the playoffs the Nords would be swept in four straight games by the Winnipeg Jets who went on to win the final AVCO cup. In 2004, he backstopped the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup. In one last good bye J.C. Tremblay the star attraction for the original Nordiques retired with a big ceremony in the summer, compete with having his number 3 raised to the rafters of Le Colisee de Quebec.

He finished his career with 437 goals in 702 NHL games. Boogard played nearly his entire career with Minnesota. [6] In the 1982 playoffs, the teams met in the postseason for the first time. Henri Richard was 15 years younger than his brother Maurice and didn’t play in the NHL until the tail end of his brother’s career. Ken “Wolfman” Morrow – Note the beard of this Isles defenseman from the early ’80’s. He’s seriously cracked and out there. His nickname came from the big dog in the horror novel by Stephen King, which matched the first two letters of his first and last name. Once, a reporter asked him which team gave him the most trouble. Pro hockey truce floating on top of beer boycott, Canadiens face Nordiques in all-Canada playoff series, N.H.L. You’re given one early by your mite’s coach only later to be called something else by your teammates. Belfour wore an eagle on his mask because he admired their majesty and aggression. 1973/74: The Nordiques picked up WHA stars Serge Bernier and Rejean Houle and improved to post a 38-36-4 record. On June 30, 1992, after confusion over whether Quebec had traded Lindros’ rights to the Philadelphia Flyers or New York Rangers was settled by an arbitrator, the Nordiques sent Lindros to the Flyers in exchange for forwards Peter Forsberg and Mike Ricci, goaltender Ron Hextall, defencemen Steve Duchesne and Kerry Huffman, “future considerations” which eventually became enforcer Chris Simon, two first-round picks and $15 million.

In the playoffs the Nordiques would nee just five games to sink the New England Whalers and five more to knock the Indianapolis Racers off track on the way to their 2nd Finals appearance in three years.

The Quebec Nordiques (nickname: Fleurdelisés) are a team in the fictional NHL of the You Could Make a Life universe, based in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. At 5-foot-7 and 160 pounds, he was three inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than his famous sibling. [11] Ten players were thrown out of the game between both brawls, but several were not immediately told of their ejections after the first one,[10] as the officials had not finished recording all of the penalties during the intermission. 1995 – 2000 / Charlie Lyons The Nordiques president publicly announced that they would make Lindros the centerpiece of their franchise turnaround, and refused to trade Lindros, saying that he would not have a career in the NHL as long as he held out. Mark Messier won six Stanley Cup championships and finished his NHL career as the NHL’s second all-time leading scorer. Schultz was a powerhouse heavyweight fighter.

The trophy annually awarded to the league’s best goaltender now bears his name. The Quebec Nordiques in Canadian English; literally translated “Quebec City Northmen” or “Northerners”) were a Canadian professional ice hockey team based in Quebec City, Quebec. Whatever he does, he seems to do perfectly, so I think that’s a pretty good nickname.”. Clutch.”. The Canadiens were a traditionally strong team, while the Nordiques were relatively new to the NHL during their playoff series in the mid-1980s. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. 1978/79: With the future of the WHA in doubt Nordiques owner Marcel Aubut began lobbying the NHL to admit his franchise and absorb all the WHA franchise as part of a merger. This site is maintained for research purposes only. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Potvin’s first name and cat-like reflexes made this famous cartoon’s name a natural. [20] When Joe Sakic, a former Nordique, entered the arena with the Nordique blue, the fans gave him a thundering ovation. However, that is not how he earned his nickname as teammates just liked to refer to him with a shortened version of his last name. amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0";

At 6’3″, 218 pounds, Korab seemed to just tower over many of his opponents. Montreal is the province's largest city, while Quebec City is its capital. 1977, Arena They play in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference. The Battle of Quebec is the nickname for a former National Hockey League (NHL) rivalry between the Montreal Canadiens and Quebec Nordiques. Peter Stastny scored in overtime of Game 7 of the 1985 Canadiens–Nordiques playoff series for Quebec. The new additions had an immediate impact as the Nordiques made their first playoff appearance while winning the Canadian Division with a 46-32-0 record, as Serge Bernier scored a team high 54 goals. The teams played against each other five times in the NHL playoffs, and the Canadiens won three of the series.

amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "search"; As 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. Later, in Buffalo, he was constantly giving his allotted two tickets to different people.

Buzinski once allowed 33 goals in four games and 55 in nine so it’s easy to see why he didn’t last long in the National Hockey League. "[24], The teams took on political symbolism during the rivalry. While Imlach never lived down the incident or play in the NHL, he later guided the Maple Leafs to the playoffs 10 times in 11 seasons, winning four Stanley Cups. Dustin Penner had the choice of making up a story to cover for his back spasm injury but luckily for everyone he decided to own up and admit to how he really got hurt. Joe Sakic has scored a lot of goals in his career including eight overtime playoff goals earning him the nickname, “Mr. 2014 – Present / Ann Walton Kroenke He was one of the NHL’s best at the position for most of his 15 seasons, winning two Stanley Cups, six Vezina Trophies and two Hart Trophies as league MVP. The franchise was not one of the eight original teams established when the league was announced on November 1, 1971. I’m tired of hearing that name. However, in 2016, Lindros said that he simply did not want to play for a team owned by Aubut. The Nordiques hosted the rivalry for the first time on October 29, and upset the Canadiens 5–4; the Ottawa Citizen wrote that "The victory marked the end of a decades-old Quebec belief that Montreal was unbeatable. [14] The Nordiques won the first two games in the Montreal Forum, before the Canadiens evened the series with a pair of wins in Quebec City.

The original rocket, he scored 544 career goals and was the NHL’s all-time leader at the time of his retirement in 1960.

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