Quebec Nordiques Throwback NHL Jerseys
The Nordiques' powder blue and white uniforms have been famous throughout their history. Their first WHA season, however, the Nordiques' uniforms included splashes of red on the shoulders, waist, and numbers.
A dark royal blue shade was briefly worn on the Nordiques uniforms from '73 to '75. After the change of nameplates in 1973–74, a fleur-de-lis symbol was added to the shoulders the following year, modeled after the Quebec flag.
Prior to the 1975-76 season, the Nordiques opted to return to a powder blue base and added three fleur-de-lis symbols to the waist. Only the logo featured red. They wore red pants for the first season but switched to powder blue pants later.
When the Nordiques joined the NHL in 1979, they carried the same look. Aside from minor alterations to the trim on the logo and numbers, their jerseys remained the same until the 1990s.
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History of the Quebec Nordiques:
The Nordiques were unknown as a team in 1972-73, aside from their blue and white sweaters with the red igloo logo in the middle. Fortunately, they acquired JC Tremblay of the Montreal Canadiens for some credibility on the ice.
The team struggled in its inaugural season, as Head Coach Maurice Filion coached to a dismal 30-40-5 record.
With the strength of high-scoring Marc Tardif, the team finally made the playoffs in 1974-75. Real Cloutier, a future WHA star, made his debut the same year. After beating the Phoenix Roadrunners and Minnesota Fighting Saints, they faced the Houston Aeros in the finals but lost.
Quebec joined the NHL in 1979 after the WHA and NHL merged. The Nordiques debuted in the NHL on October 10, 1979, against the Atlanta Flames.
Michel Goulet, the franchise's first pick in the 1979 NHL Draft, made his NHL debut that night. Anton Stastny, the first player born and raised in Slovakia to be drafted by an NHL team, was picked the same year as Goulet. In 1980-81, he and his brother Peter Stastny crossed the Atlantic to play pro hockey in North America. Marian Stastny joined Quebec the following season, becoming the third brother trio to play on the same team in NHL history.
The Nordiques made the playoffs seven years in a row, led by Goulet and Stastny. Despite scoring just 82 points in the regular season, they defeated the Canadiens and Boston Bruins on the road in winner-take-all games in 1981–82. Their Cinderella run ended when the reigning champion New York Islanders defeated them in the conference finals.
In 1998, Goulet and Peter Stastny were both inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They are two of the six Hockey Hall of Famers who played for the Nordiques, the others being Mats Sundin, Peter Forsberg, Joe Sakic, and Guy Lafleur.
After placing third in the Adams division in 1983-84, the Nordiques made the playoffs once again. On Good Friday, April 20, 1984, the Nordiques and the Canadiens met for game six. 14 fights broke out between the two teams in the second period, the biggest being a bench-clearing brawl that finished the period. The Canadiens beat the Nordiques, putting an end to their promising season. The game would become known as the Good Friday Massacre, as well as a notorious NHL playoff game between two bitter rivals.
In 1985–86, they earned their first NHL division title, but a defensive breakdown in the playoffs enabled the Hartford Whalers to defeat the Nordiques in three games.
The Nordiques encountered the Whalers in the playoffs again the following season, this time winning in six games. The playoff series between the Nordiques and Canadiens ran to seven games, with the Canadiens winning.
The following 1987 season saw the beginning of a decline. The Nordiques missed the playoffs for the next five seasons. They made it back to the playoffs in 1992-93 before losing to the Montreal Canadiens in 6 games. After the 1994-95 season the Nordiques relocated to Colorado where the Avalanche went on to win the Stanley Cup with the same roster.