1990–91 Quebec Nordiques season

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1990–91 Quebec Nordiques
Division 5th Adams
Conference 11th Wales
1990–91 record 16–50–14
Home record 9–23–8
Road record 7–27–6
Goals for 236
Goals against 354
Team information
General Manager Pierre Page
Coach Pierre Page
Captain Steven Finn and
Joe Sakic
Arena Colisée Pepsi
Team leaders
Goals Joe Sakic (48)
Assists Joe Sakic (61)
Points Joe Sakic (109)
Penalties in minutes Steven Finn (228)
Wins Ron Tugnutt (12)
Goals against average Stephane Fiset (3.87)
<1989–90 1991–92>

The aspect of the Quebec Nordiques season was that it was Guy Lafleur's final season.

Offseason[edit]

After finishing in last place in the NHL in 1989-90 with only 31 points, Quebec hired Pierre Page to become the general manager, as Maurice Filion finished the previous season on an interim basis. Page had spent the previous two seasons as head coach of the Minnesota North Stars, helping them to the playoffs in each season with the team.

Page then fired head coach Michel Bergeron, and named himself head coach. Page hired his assistant coach from the North Stars, Dave Chambers to be his assistant in Quebec. This would be Chambers first time as a head coach at the NHL level.

The Nordiques had the first overall pick in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, and the club drafted Owen Nolan from the Cornwall Royals of the OHL. Nolan had 51 goals and 110 points with the Royals in 59 games, as well as recording 240 penalty minutes. The team also signed Mats Sundin, their first overall pick from the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, and would have him on the club for the 1990-91 season.

Regular season[edit]

Quebec began the season with a 3-3-3 record in their first nine games, however, the rebuilding team hit a rough patch, and would fall into last place in the Adams Division as they went on a 17 game winless streak. The Nordiques began to make some trades, as Michel Petit, Aaron Broten and Lucien DeBlois were traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Scott Pearson, the Leafs second round pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, and the Leafs second rounder in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft.

As the season continued on, the losses continued to pile up, and more trades were made. Joe Cirella was traded to the New York Rangers for Aaron Miller and the Rangers fifth round draft pick in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft, Tony McKegney was sent to the Chicago Blackhawks for Jacques Cloutier, Darin Kimble was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Herb Raglan, Tony Twist and Andy Rymsha, and Paul Gillis and Dan Vincelette were traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Ryan McGill and Mike McNeill.

The Nordiques finished the season in last place once again, however, there was moderate improvement, as the club had a 16-50-14 record, earning 46 points, which was a 15 point improvement over the 1989-90 season.

Leading the team offensively was Joe Sakic, as he had 48 goals and 61 assists for 109 points in 80 games to lead the club in those categories. Rookie Mats Sundin had a very successful season, scoring 23 goals and 59 points while playing in all 80 games. Guy Lafleur had 12 goals and 28 points in 59 games in his last season, as he announced his retirement.

On defense, Bryan Fogarty rebounded from a poor rookie season, and led the Nordiques blueline with 31 points in only 45 games. Steven Finn had 19 points, while Craig Wolanin had 18 points from the Quebec defense.

In goal, Ron Tugnutt was the starter, earning a team high 12 wins and a team best 4.05 GAA. In a game against the Boston Bruins on March 21, 1991, Tugnutt made a club record 70 saves on 73 shots, as Quebec tied the Bruins 3-3.

The Nordiques finished the regular season having allowed the most goals of all 21 teams, with 354. They also tied the New York Islanders for the fewest power-play goals scored (51), had the lowest power-play percentage (15.55%), allowed the most power-play goals (98) and had the lowest penalty-killing percentage (73.37%).[1]

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Boston Bruins 80 44 24 12 299 264 100
Montreal Canadiens 80 39 30 11 273 249 89
Buffalo Sabres 80 31 30 19 292 278 81
Hartford Whalers 80 31 38 11 238 276 73
Quebec Nordiques 80 16 50 14 236 354 46

[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Wales Conference[3]
R Div GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 Boston Bruins ADM 80 44 24 12 299 264 100
2 Montreal Canadiens ADM 80 39 30 11 273 249 89
3 Pittsburgh Penguins PTK 80 41 33 6 342 305 88
4 New York Rangers PTK 80 36 31 13 297 265 85
5 Washington Capitals PTK 80 37 36 7 258 258 81
6 Buffalo Sabres ADM 80 31 30 19 292 278 81
7 New Jersey Devils PTK 80 32 33 15 272 264 79
8 Philadelphia Flyers PTK 80 33 37 10 252 267 76
9 Hartford Whalers ADM 80 31 38 11 238 276 73
10 New York Islanders PTK 80 25 45 10 223 290 60
11 Quebec Nordiques ADM 80 16 50 14 236 354 46

Divisions: PTK – Patrick, ADM – Adams

bold – Qualified for playoffs


Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
1 T October 4, 1990 3–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 0–0–1 11,573
2 L October 6, 1990 1–7 @ Boston Bruins (1990–91) 0–1–1 14,225
3 L October 7, 1990 2–5 Boston Bruins (1990–91) 0–2–1 14,560
4 W October 10, 1990 8–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 1–2–1 16,382
5 W October 12, 1990 4–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 2–2–1 14,958
6 T October 13, 1990 4–4 OT Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 2–2–2 13,715
7 T October 16, 1990 1–1 OT Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 2–2–3 13,940
8 L October 18, 1990 4–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91) 2–3–3 16,995
9 W October 20, 1990 5–3 Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 3–3–3 13,106
10 L October 21, 1990 2–3 Vancouver Canucks (1990–91) 3–4–3 14,094
11 L October 25, 1990 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91) 3–5–3 15,132
12 L October 27, 1990 1–4 New York Rangers (1990–91) 3–6–3 13,470
13 L October 29, 1990 0–5 @ New York Rangers (1990–91) 3–7–3 14,571
14 L November 1, 1990 2–6 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 3–8–3 17,379
15 L November 3, 1990 0–2 Minnesota North Stars (1990–91) 3–9–3 13,795
16 L November 6, 1990 1–4 Washington Capitals (1990–91) 3–10–3 13,027
17 L November 8, 1990 2–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1990–91) 3–11–3 5,286
18 L November 10, 1990 2–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91) 3–12–3 14,426
19 L November 11, 1990 4–5 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 3–13–3 16,896
20 L November 13, 1990 2–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 3–14–3 14,304
21 L November 15, 1990 0–6 @ Boston Bruins (1990–91) 3–15–3 14,002
22 L November 17, 1990 2–7 Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 3–16–3 14,333
23 L November 19, 1990 2–5 Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 3–17–3 15,399
24 T November 21, 1990 4–4 OT @ Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 3–17–4 11,395
25 L November 24, 1990 4–11 Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 3–18–4 13,881
26 T November 25, 1990 4–4 OT Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 3–18–5 14,739
27 W November 28, 1990 4–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 4–18–5 10,682
28 W December 1, 1990 4–2 Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 5–18–5 13,324
29 T December 2, 1990 5–5 OT Calgary Flames (1990–91) 5–18–6 13,682
30 L December 5, 1990 2–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 5–19–6 15,300
31 W December 7, 1990 5–3 @ Calgary Flames (1990–91) 6–19–6 19,790
32 W December 10, 1990 3–2 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1990–91) 7–19–6 14,132
33 L December 13, 1990 2–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 7–20–6 19,290
34 L December 15, 1990 2–7 New York Islanders (1990–91) 7–21–6 13,534
35 W December 18, 1990 6–4 Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 8–21–6 15,346
36 T December 19, 1990 1–1 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 8–21–7 16,832
37 L December 22, 1990 1–4 New Jersey Devils (1990–91) 8–22–7 14,124
38 L December 23, 1990 3–10 @ Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 8–23–7 14,404
39 L December 26, 1990 1–4 Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 8–24–7 13,083
40 W December 29, 1990 4–3 Washington Capitals (1990–91) 9–24–7 13,769
41 L December 31, 1990 3–6 @ New York Islanders (1990–91) 9–25–7 11,189
42 L January 3, 1991 7–8 @ St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 9–26–7 17,241
43 L January 5, 1991 0–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 9–27–7 17,561
44 W January 8, 1991 4–2 Boston Bruins (1990–91) 10–27–7 14,348
45 L January 10, 1991 3–5 @ Boston Bruins (1990–91) 10–28–7 14,013
46 T January 12, 1991 4–4 OT St. Louis Blues (1990–91) 10–28–8 14,079
47 L January 13, 1991 3–4 New York Islanders (1990–91) 10–29–8 12,359
48 L January 17, 1991 1–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1990–91) 10–30–8 17,287
49 T January 22, 1991 4–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 10–30–9 10,861
50 L January 24, 1991 1–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1990–91) 10–31–9 10,191
51 L January 26, 1991 5–6 Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91) 10–32–9 13,834
52 L January 29, 1991 2–5 Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 10–33–9 13,140
53 W January 31, 1991 4–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 11–33–9 14,814
54 L February 2, 1991 4–6 Minnesota North Stars (1990–91) 11–34–9 14,306
55 L February 7, 1991 1–5 Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 11–35–9 15,399
56 W February 9, 1991 3–1 New Jersey Devils (1990–91) 12–35–9 15,057
57 L February 10, 1991 4–7 Boston Bruins (1990–91) 12–36–9 15,275
58 T February 12, 1991 4–4 OT Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 12–36–10 13,196
59 L February 14, 1991 1–2 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1990–91) 12–37–10 17,347
60 L February 17, 1991 0–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1990–91) 12–38–10 12,798
61 T February 18, 1991 3–3 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1990–91) 12–38–11 14,024
62 L February 20, 1991 1–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 12–39–11 16,005
63 L February 23, 1991 8–10 @ Calgary Flames (1990–91) 12–40–11 20,132
64 L February 24, 1991 3–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 12–41–11 16,375
65 L February 28, 1991 1–5 Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 12–42–11 15,060
66 T March 2, 1991 3–3 OT Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 12–42–12 N/A
67 L March 5, 1991 3–6 @ Detroit Red Wings (1990–91) 12–43–12 19,501
68 W March 7, 1991 4–2 New York Rangers (1990–91) 13–43–12 15,055
69 L March 9, 1991 0–3 Los Angeles Kings (1990–91) 13–44–12 15,399
70 W March 10, 1991 2–1 @ Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 14–44–12 11,508
71 L March 12, 1991 3–4 Toronto Maple Leafs (1990–91) 14–45–12 15,269
72 L March 14, 1991 3–5 @ Washington Capitals (1990–91) 14–46–12 15,492
73 L March 16, 1991 3–6 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1990–91) 14–47–12 16,164
74 L March 19, 1991 6–7 OT Edmonton Oilers (1990–91) 14–48–12 15,194
75 T March 21, 1991 3–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1990–91) 14–48–13 14,448
76 W March 23, 1991 7–3 Hartford Whalers (1990–91) 15–48–13 15,293
77 L March 26, 1991 4–7 Boston Bruins (1990–91) 15–49–13 15,375
78 T March 28, 1991 4–4 OT @ Buffalo Sabres (1990–91) 15–49–14 15,324
79 L March 30, 1991 3–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 15–50–14 17,664
80 W March 31, 1991 4–1 Montreal Canadiens (1990–91) 16–50–14 15,399

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic C 80 48 61 109 24 -26 12 3 7
Sundin, MatsMats Sundin C 80 23 36 59 58 -24 4 0 0
Hrkac, TonyTony Hrkac C 70 16 32 48 16 -22 6 0 0
Morin, StephaneStephane Morin C 48 13 27 40 30 6 3 1 2
McKegney, TonyTony McKegney LW 50 17 16 33 44 -25 7 0 2
Hough, MikeMike Hough LW 63 13 20 33 111 -7 1 1 1
Fogarty, BryanBryan Fogarty D 45 9 22 31 24 -11 3 0 2
Lafleur, GuyGuy Lafleur RW 59 12 16 28 2 -10 3 0 0
Finn, StevenSteven Finn D 71 6 13 19 228 -26 0 0 0
Wolanin, CraigCraig Wolanin D 80 5 13 18 89 -13 0 1 0
Pearson, ScottScott Pearson LW 35 11 4 15 86 -4 0 0 0
Loiselle, ClaudeClaude Loiselle C 59 5 10 15 86 -20 0 2 0
Anderson, ShawnShawn Anderson D 31 3 10 13 21 2 2 0 0
Nolan, OwenOwen Nolan RW 59 3 10 13 109 -19 0 0 0
Gusarov, AlexeiAlexei Gusarov D 36 3 9 12 12 -4 1 0 0
Cirella, JoeJoe Cirella D 39 2 10 12 59 -28 0 0 0
Velischek, RandyRandy Velischek D 79 2 10 12 42 -19 0 0 0
Petit, MichelMichel Petit D 19 4 7 11 47 -15 3 0 0
Gillis, PaulPaul Gillis C 49 3 8 11 91 -19 0 1 0
Sanipass, EverettEverett Sanipass LW 29 5 5 10 41 -15 1 0 0
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 55 3 7 10 49 -19 2 0 1
Broten, AaronAaron Broten LW/C 20 5 4 9 6 -3 1 0 0
Miller, KipKip Miller C 13 4 3 7 7 -1 0 0 0
Quinney, KenKen Quinney RW 19 3 4 7 2 -2 1 0 0
Vermette, MarkMark Vermette RW 34 3 4 7 10 -15 0 0 0
Kimble, DarinDarin Kimble RW 35 2 5 7 114 -5 0 0 0
McNeill, MikeMike McNeill RW 14 2 5 7 4 5 1 0 0
Jackson, JeffJeff Jackson LW 10 3 1 4 4 3 0 0 0
DeBlois, LucienLucien DeBlois C 14 2 2 4 13 1 0 0 1
Lapointe, ClaudeClaude Lapointe LW/C 13 2 2 4 4 3 0 0 0
Raglan, HerbHerb Raglan RW 15 1 3 4 30 1 0 0 0
Fortier, MarcMarc Fortier C 14 0 4 4 6 -3 0 0 0
Baker, JamieJamie Baker C 18 2 0 2 8 -4 0 1 0
Van Dorp, WayneWayne Van Dorp LW 4 1 0 1 30 1 0 0 0
Vincelette, DanDan Vincelette LW 16 0 1 1 38 -10 0 0 0
Cloutier, JacquesJacques Cloutier G 15 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Dore, DanielDaniel Dore RW 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
Doyon, MarioMario Doyon D 12 0 0 0 4 -3 0 0 0
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Gordon, ScottScott Gordon G 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lambert, DanDan Lambert D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Latta, DavidDavid Latta LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Major, BruceBruce Major C 4 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
McRae, KenKen McRae C 12 0 0 0 36 -7 0 0 0
Roberge, SergeSerge Roberge RW 9 0 0 0 24 0 0 0 0
Smyth, GregGreg Smyth D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tanner, JohnJohn Tanner G 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt G 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Twist, TonyTony Twist LW 24 0 0 0 104 -4 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Tugnutt, RonRon Tugnutt 3144 56 12 29 10 212 4.05 0 1851 1639 .885
Cloutier, JacquesJacques Cloutier 829 15 3 8 2 61 4.41 0 526 465 .884
Tanner, JohnJohn Tanner 228 6 1 3 1 16 4.21 0 133 117 .880
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 186 3 0 2 1 12 3.87 0 123 111 .902
Gordon, ScottScott Gordon 485 13 0 8 0 48 5.94 0 225 177 .787
Team: 4872 80 16 50 14 349 4.30 0 2858 2509 .878

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Transactions[edit]

The Nordiques were involved in the following transactions during the 1990-91 season.

Trades[edit]

November 10, 1990 To Edmonton Oilers
Max Middendorf
To Quebec Nordiques
9th round pick in 1991 - Brent Brekke
November 17, 1990 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Michel Petit
Lucien DeBlois
Aaron Broten
To Quebec Nordiques
Scott Pearson
2nd round pick in 1991 - Eric Lavigne
2nd round pick in 1992 - Tuomas Grönman
January 17, 1991 To New York Rangers
Joe Cirella
To Quebec Nordiques
Aaron Miller
5th round pick in 1991 - Bill Lindsay
January 29, 1991 To Chicago Blackhawks
Tony McKegney
To Quebec Nordiques
Jacques Cloutier
February 4, 1991 To St. Louis Blues
Darin Kimble
To Quebec Nordiques
Herb Raglan
Tony Twist
Andy Rymsha
March 5, 1991 To Chicago Blackhawks
Paul Gillis
Dan Vincelette
To Quebec Nordiques
Ryan McGill
Mike McNeill
May 25, 1991 To New York Rangers
Stephane Guerard
To Quebec Nordiques
Miloslav Horava
May 31, 1991 To Minnesota North Stars
Alan Haworth
To Quebec Nordiques
Guy Lafleur
June 3, 1991 To New Jersey Devils
Brent Severyn
To Quebec Nordiques
Dave Marcinyshyn
June 22, 1991 To Washington Capitals
2nd round pick in 1991 - Eric Lavigne
To Quebec Nordiques
Mikhail Tatarinov

Waivers[edit]

October 1, 1990 From Minnesota North Stars
Aaron Broten
October 1, 1990 From Washington Capitals
Shawn Anderson
October 1, 1990 From Chicago Blackhawks
Wayne Van Dorp
October 3, 1990 To St. Louis Blues
Mario Marois
March 5, 1991 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Claude Loiselle

Expansion Draft[edit]

May 30, 1991 To Minnesota North Stars
Guy Lafleur

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Serge Roberge Montreal Canadiens
Stephane Charbonneau Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
Denis Chasse Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
Jon Klemm Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Player New Team
Bobby Dollas Detroit Red Wings

Roster[edit]

1990-91 Quebec Nordiques
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Draft picks[edit]

Quebec's draft picks from the 1990 NHL Entry Draft which was held at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 1 Owen Nolan  Canada Cornwall Royals (OHL)
2 22 Ryan Hughes  Canada Cornell Big Red (NCAA)
3 43 Brad Zavisha  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
6 106 Jeff Parrott  Canada Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (NCAA)
7 127 Dwayne Norris  Canada Michigan State Spartans (NCAA)
8 148 Andrei Kovalenko  Soviet Union CSKA Moscow (Soviet Union)
8 158 Alexander Karpotsev  Soviet Union Dynamo Moscow (Soviet Union)
9 169 Pat Mazzoli  Canada Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
10 190 Scott Davis  Canada Manitoba Bisons (CWUAA)
11 211 Mika Stromberg  Finland Jokerit (Finland)
12 232 Wade Klippenstein  Canada Alaska Nanooks (NCAA)

Farm Teams[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1991.html
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ "1990–1991 Conference Standings". National Hockey League. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "1990-91 Quebec Nordiques Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-09-18. [dead link]