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Yet in 1995 they did, relocating to Colorado

Submitted by jaywillen on Tue, 01/26/2016 - 22:46

When a team has an all-time roster that Joe Hawley Big & Tall Jersey includes players such as: Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin, Guy LaFleur, Peter Stastny, Adam Foote and many more incredibly talented players and a Adams division title in the 1985-1986 season its hard to believe that they had to relocate.

Yet in 1995 they did, relocating to Colorado and being named the Avalanche.

The main reasons for the relocation were a language barrier and money. When you play in a Canadian province that speaks French and you have to pay players in American currency while having your income in Canadian money you can imagine the difficulty the Nordiques faced with financing and marketing.

The team enjoyed a lot of success during their time in the NHL including making the post season for seven consecutive years, only to not qualify for the playoffs for the next five. The Quebec Nordiques had a large and loyal fan base that stuck with the team through the good times and the bad. In the 1989-1990 season the Nordiques won only 12 games and finished last in the league which allowed them to pick first overall in the coming years draft, they would use the first overall pick on Mats Sundin making Sundin the first European to be Jermaine Kearse Womens Jersey taking first in the NHL draft.

The following year things weren't much better with the Nordiques winning only 16 games and ending up again with the first overall pick in the draft, which they used on Owen Nolan. This might seem like a broken record but, the Nordiques AGAIN had the first overall pick in the next draft, but this would be a draft like no other. Eric Lindros. This name probably still angers Nordiques fans.

The junior hockey superstar publicly stated that he WOULD NOT play for the Quebec Nordiques yet they still selected him first overall, Lindros refused to wear the teams jersey on draft day. Fear of hurting the leagues image and because of Lindros' popularity and marketability due to his success while playing junior hockey and for team Canada, the Nordiques were forced to trade him to the Philadelphia Flyers for a bunch of draft picks, cash and players, most notably Mike Ricci and Peter Forsberg.

In what might be the ultimate "kick me when I'm down" moment for Nordiques fans, the Avalanche won the Stanley Cup in there first season in Colorado, and again in the 2000-2001 season. At a recent NY Islanders game 1000+ Nordiques fans took the arena by storm, all wearing Nordiques jerseys, showing the league that there's still a passionate fan base in Quebec.