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Nordiques, au revoir

The Story

If all it took to keep a hockey team was supportive fans and a winning season, the Quebec Nordiques would have every reason to stay put. But in the high-salary NHL of the 1990s, it just doesn't make economic sense for the team's owners: the team's home rink is a 1940s relic, and, worse, the market in Quebec is just too small. In this CBC Television clip, players Joe Sakic and Wendel Clark talk about the winning season that will likely be their last as Nordiques. 

Medium: Television
Program: Prime Time Magazine
Broadcast Date: May 4, 1995
Guests: Wendel Clark, Marc Crawford, Jean Martineau, Jean Pallaliere, Joe Sakic, Réjean Tremblay
Anchor: Anne Petrie
Reporter: Kevin Tibbles
Duration: 9:38

Did You know?

• The Quebec Nordiques franchise began as the San Francisco Sharks when the World Hockey Association was announced in late 1971. These Sharks couldn't swim, however, and the franchise was sold to Quebec for $215,000 in 1972. The Nordiques joined the NHL in 1979 when the WHA folded.
• Three weeks after this broadcast, the Nordiques were sold for $100 million to a group in Denver, Colorado. Denverites favoured the Klondikes or the Snow as the team's new name, but both were bypassed in favour of the Avalanche.
• In its first year in Denver, the team won the Stanley Cup - a feat it had never achieved in Quebec City.
• In Quebec City, the team's home arena was the Pepsi Coliseum; by coincidence, the arena the Avalanche now plays in (built in 1999) is the Pepsi Center.
• As of 2008 the Pepsi Colisuem in Quebec City is still standing and is home to two teams: the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Quebec Radio X of the Lique Nord-Américaine de Hockey.


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