1994–95 Quebec Nordiques season

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1994–95 Quebec Nordiques
Northeast Division Champions
Division 1st Northeast
Conference 1st Eastern
1994–95 record 30–13–5
Home record 19–1–4
Road record 11–12–1
Goals for 185
Goals against 134
Team information
General Manager Pierre Lacroix
Coach Marc Crawford
Captain Joe Sakic
Alternate captains Wendel Clark
Mike Ricci
Arena Colisée Pepsi
Team leaders
Goals Owen Nolan (30)
Assists Joe Sakic (43)
Points Joe Sakic (62)
Penalties in minutes Chris Simon (106)
Plus/minus Curtis Leschyshyn (+29)
Wins Stephane Fiset (17)
Goals against average Jocelyn Thibault (2.34)
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The 1994–95 Quebec Nordiques season was the twenty-third season of operation of the Nordiques and the last season that the team played in Quebec. The Nordiques would finish first over-all in the Eastern Conference, but lost in the first round to the New York Rangers. After the season, the club would be sold and relocated to Denver, Colorado.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The Nordiques exploded out of the gate, winning 5 games in a row and 12 of their first 13. Although they were an average team on the road, going just 11–12–1, the Nordiques had the best home record in the league: 19–1–4. Quebec's only defeat at home came on February 27 in a 7-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Captain Joe Sakic finished fourth in the league in points (62), Owen Nolan tied for third in the league in goals (30) and finished first in the league in game-winning goals (8), while Peter Forsberg led all rookies in points (50). Forsberg would go on to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie of the 1994–95 season. The team finished first in scoring in the league with 185 goals and was one of only two Eastern Conference teams to score at least one goal in all of their 48 regular-season games (the Buffalo Sabres were the other team). Quebec went on to finish first in the Eastern Conference with 65 points. The Nordiques tied the Flyers for most hat tricks scored during the regular season, with 6. Owen Nolan had 3, and Wendel Clark, Uwe Krupp and Scott Young each had 1.

Season standings[edit]

Northeast Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 Quebec Nordiques 48 30 13 5 185 134 65
2 3 Pittsburgh Penguins 48 29 16 3 181 158 61
3 4 Boston Bruins 48 27 18 3 150 127 57
4 7 Buffalo Sabres 48 22 19 7 130 119 51
5 10 Hartford Whalers 48 19 24 5 127 141 43
6 11 Montreal Canadiens 48 18 23 7 125 148 43
7 14 Ottawa Senators 48 9 34 5 117 174 23

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Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 W January 21, 1995 3–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 1–0–0
2 W January 24, 1995 5–1 Washington Capitals (1994–95) 2–0–0
3 W January 27, 1995 7–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 3–0–0
4 W January 28, 1995 2–0 New York Rangers (1994–95) 4–0–0
5 W January 31, 1995 5–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 5–0–0
6 L February 2, 1995 4–5 @ New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 5–1–0
7 W February 4, 1995 2–0 New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 6–1–0
8 W February 5, 1995 3–1 Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 7–1–0
9 W February 8, 1995 3–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 8–1–0
10 W February 9, 1995 4–3 @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 9–1–0
11 W February 11, 1995 5–2 Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 10–1–0
12 W February 14, 1995 3–2 @ New York Islanders (1994–95) 11–1–0
13 W February 16, 1995 4–2 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 12–1–0
14 L February 18, 1995 2–4 @ Washington Capitals (1994–95) 12–2–0
15 W February 19, 1995 4–1 @ Florida Panthers (1994–95) 13–2–0
16 L February 21, 1995 4–5 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 13–3–0
17 T February 23, 1995 6–6 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1994–95) 13–3–1
18 T February 25, 1995 1–1 OT Boston Bruins (1994–95) 13–3–2
19 L February 27, 1995 5–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 13–4–2
20 W March 1, 1995 8–2 Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 14–4–2
21 T March 4, 1995 1–1 OT Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 14–4–3
22 W March 6, 1995 6–3 New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 15–4–3
23 W March 7, 1995 5–4 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 16–4–3
24 L March 9, 1995 1–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 16–5–3
25 W March 11, 1995 2–1 New York Islanders (1994–95) 17–5–3
26 W March 16, 1995 3–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1994–95) 18–5–3
27 L March 18, 1995 4–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 18–6–3
28 W March 20, 1995 5–4 OT Florida Panthers (1994–95) 19–6–3
29 W March 22, 1995 6–2 Boston Bruins (1994–95) 20–6–3
30 W March 25, 1995 2–1 New York Rangers (1994–95) 21–6–3
31 W March 26, 1995 11–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 22–6–3
32 L March 28, 1995 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 22–7–3
33 W March 30, 1995 5–4 @ New York Rangers (1994–95) 23–7–3
34 L March 31, 1995 4–6 @ Washington Capitals (1994–95) 23–8–3
35 W April 2, 1995 7–5 Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 24–8–3
36 L April 5, 1995 5–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 24–9–3
37 W April 6, 1995 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 25–9–3
38 T April 8, 1995 2–2 OT @ Ottawa Senators (1994–95) 25–9–4
39 W April 12, 1995 4–0 @ Boston Bruins (1994–95) 26–9–4
40 W April 14, 1995 5–2 Buffalo Sabres (1994–95) 27–9–4
41 W April 16, 1995 4–2 Washington Capitals (1994–95) 28–9–4
42 L April 18, 1995 2–5 @ New York Islanders (1994–95) 28–10–4
43 L April 20, 1995 2–5 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 28–11–4
44 L April 22, 1995 2–4 @ Florida Panthers (1994–95) 28–12–4
45 T April 26, 1995 1–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1994–95) 28–12–5
46 W April 29, 1995 4–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1994–95) 29–12–5
47 L April 30, 1995 2–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1994–95) 29–13–5
48 W May 3, 1995 4–1 Hartford Whalers (1994–95) 30–13–5

Playoffs[edit]

The Nordiques faced the New York Rangers in the first round of the 1995 NHL Playoffs. On paper, the Nordiques were the clear favorite, since they had a much better record and had won the season series against the Rangers. However, New York's players had more playoff experience, since most of them had been members of the 1994 Stanley Cup champion team. This fact, combined with the Nordiques players' playoff inexperience and inability to maintain their effective power play, proved to be the ultimate factors in the series, as New York defeated Quebec 4 games to 2. Although each team had allowed only 134 goals during the regular season (tied for 9th in the league), it was an offensive series, as 44 goals were scored (25 by New York, 19 by Quebec) over the 6 games. To make things even worse, the following year, they would win the Stanley Cup in their first year in Colorado.

Quebec vs. NY Rangers
Date Away Home
May 6 NY Rangers 4 5 Quebec
May 8 NY Rangers 8 3 Quebec
May 10 Quebec 3 4 NY Rangers
May 12 Quebec 2 3 NY Rangers OT
May 14 NY Rangers 2 4 Quebec
May 16 Quebec 2 4 NY Rangers
NY Rangers wins series 4–2

Relocation to Colorado[edit]

Had the Nordiques stayed in Quebec instead of heading for Denver, this would have been the franchise's new logo starting in 1996.

In the 1994–95 shortened season of 48 games, the Nordiques played well and finished with the best record in the Eastern Conference. However, the team faltered in the postseason and was eliminated in the first round by the defending Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers.

The playoff loss proved to be Quebec's swan song in the NHL as the team's financial troubles increasingly took center stage, even in the face of renewed fan support over the previous three years. Quebec City was by far the smallest market in the NHL, and the second-smallest market in North America to host a big-league team (behind only Green Bay, Wisconsin). The league's Canadian teams (with the exception of Montreal, Toronto, and to a lesser extent, Vancouver) found it difficult to compete in a new age of rising player salaries. This made many of the players concerned about their marketability, especially since the Nords always played in the long shadow of the Canadiens. In addition, most players were skittish about playing in what was virtually a unilingual Francophone city. Then as now, there were no privately owned English-language radio stations in the city, and only one privately owned English-language television station. The only English-language newspaper is a weekly. Unlike in Montreal, public address announcements were given only in French.

Aubut asked for a bailout from Quebec's provincial government. It didn't go through, and in May 1995, shortly after the Nordiques were eliminated from the playoffs, Aubut was forced to sell the team to a group of investors in Denver, Colorado. The franchise was moved to Denver where it was renamed the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche would win the Stanley Cup in their first season after the move, and add another in 2001.

The Nordiques had planned to change their logo, colours, and uniforms for the 1995–96 season, and the new design had already appeared in the Canadian press.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic C 47 19 43 62 30 7 3 2 5
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg C 47 15 35 50 16 17 3 0 3
Nolan, OwenOwen Nolan RW 46 30 19 49 46 21 13 2 8
Young, ScottScott Young RW 48 18 21 39 14 9 3 3 0
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci C 48 15 21 36 40 5 9 0 1
Clark, WendelWendel Clark LW/D 37 12 18 30 45 -1 5 0 0
Kamensky, ValeriValeri Kamensky LW 40 10 20 30 22 3 5 1 5
Bassen, BobBob Bassen C 47 12 15 27 33 14 0 1 1
Kovalenko, AndreiAndrei Kovalenko RW 45 14 10 24 31 -4 1 0 3
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp D 44 6 17 23 20 14 3 0 1
Deadmarsh, AdamAdam Deadmarsh RW 48 9 8 17 56 16 0 0 0
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 44 2 13 15 20 29 0 0 0
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 48 2 11 13 17 13 0 0 0
Lapointe, ClaudeClaude Lapointe LW/C 29 4 8 12 41 5 0 0 0
Simon, ChrisChris Simon LW 29 3 9 12 106 14 0 0 0
Rucinsky, MartinMartin Rucinsky LW 20 3 6 9 14 5 0 0 0
Wolanin, CraigCraig Wolanin D 40 3 6 9 40 12 0 0 0
Foote, AdamAdam Foote D 35 0 7 7 52 17 0 0 0
MacDermid, PaulPaul MacDermid RW 14 3 1 4 22 3 0 0 1
Huard, BillBill Huard LW 7 2 2 4 13 2 0 0 0
Gusarov, AlexeiAlexei Gusarov D 14 1 2 3 6 -1 0 0 1
Norris, DwayneDwayne Norris RW 13 1 2 3 2 1 0 0 1
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet LW 8 0 3 3 2 3 0 0 0
Finn, StevenSteven Finn D 40 0 3 3 64 1 0 0 0
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 32 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 11 0 3 3 4 3 0 0 0
Miller, AaronAaron Miller D 9 0 3 3 6 2 0 0 0
Klemm, JonJon Klemm D 4 1 0 1 2 3 0 0 0
Karpa, DaveDave Karpa D 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Snow, GarthGarth Snow G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 1879 32 17 10 3 87 2.78 2 968 881 .910
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 898 18 12 2 2 35 2.34 1 423 388 .917
Snow, GarthGarth Snow 119 2 1 1 0 11 5.55 0 63 52 .825
Team: 2896 48 30 13 5 133 2.76 3 1454 1321 .909
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Young, ScottScott Young RW 6 3 3 6 2 3 0 1 0
Bassen, BobBob Bassen C 5 2 4 6 0 2 0 0 0
Forsberg, PeterPeter Forsberg C 6 2 4 6 4 2 1 0 0
Sakic, JoeJoe Sakic C 6 4 1 5 0 -4 1 1 1
Nolan, OwenOwen Nolan RW 6 2 3 5 6 2 0 0 0
Ricci, MikeMike Ricci C 6 1 3 4 8 4 0 0 0
Clark, WendelWendel Clark LW/D 6 1 2 3 6 -6 0 0 0
Simon, ChrisChris Simon LW 6 1 1 2 19 -1 0 0 1
Wolanin, CraigCraig Wolanin D 6 1 1 2 4 5 0 0 0
Krupp, UweUwe Krupp D 5 0 2 2 2 -2 0 0 0
Lefebvre, SylvainSylvain Lefebvre D 6 0 2 2 2 5 0 0 0
Kamensky, ValeriValeri Kamensky LW 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Laukkanen, JanneJanne Laukkanen D 6 1 0 1 2 -2 0 0 0
Corbet, ReneRene Corbet LW 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0
Deadmarsh, AdamAdam Deadmarsh RW 6 0 1 1 0 -3 0 0 0
Finn, StevenSteven Finn D 4 0 1 1 2 -4 0 0 0
Foote, AdamAdam Foote D 6 0 1 1 14 -3 0 0 0
Kovalenko, AndreiAndrei Kovalenko RW 6 0 1 1 2 -3 0 0 0
Leschyshyn, CurtisCurtis Leschyshyn D 3 0 1 1 4 -1 0 0 0
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset G 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Huard, BillBill Huard LW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Lapointe, ClaudeClaude Lapointe LW/C 5 0 0 0 8 -1 0 0 0
MacDermid, PaulPaul MacDermid RW 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Snow, GarthGarth Snow G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Fiset, StephaneStephane Fiset 209 4 1 2 16 4.59 0 115 99 .861
Thibault, JocelynJocelyn Thibault 148 3 1 2 8 3.24 0 76 68 .895
Snow, GarthGarth Snow 9 1 0 0 1 6.67 0 3 2 .667
Team: 366 6 2 4 25 4.10 0 194 169 .871

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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 1994-95 season.

Trades[edit]

March 23, 1995 To Calgary Flames
Ed Ward
To Quebec Nordiques
Francois Groleau
April 7, 1995 To Ottawa Senators
Mika Stromberg
4th round pick in 1995 - Kevin Boyd
To Quebec Nordiques
Bill Huard

Free agents[edit]

Player New Team
Niklas Andersson New York Islanders
Len Esau Calgary Flames

Roster[edit]

1994-95 Quebec Nordiques
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Awards and records[edit]

  • Peter Forsberg, Calder Trophy
  • Peter Forsberg, NHL All-Rookie Team

Draft picks[edit]

NHL draft[edit]

= NHL All-Star [3] = Hall of Famers
Round Pick Player Nationality College/junior/club team
1 12 Wade Belak (D)  Canada Saskatoon Blades (WHL)
1 22 Jeff Kealty (D)  United States Catholic Memorial High School (USA)
3 35 Josef Marha (Centre)  Czech Republic Dukla Jihlava (Czech Republic)
3 72 Chris Drury (Centre)  United States Fairfield College Preparatory School (Conn.)
4 87 Milan Hejduk (Right wing)  Czech Republic HC Pardubice (Czech)
9 217 Tim Thomas (Goaltender)  United States

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Standings: NHL Public Relations Department (2008). Dave McCarthy et al, ed. THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Official Guide & Record Book/2009. National Hockey League. p. 154. ISBN 978-1-894801-14-0. 
  2. ^ "1994-95 Quebec Nordiques Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-10. 
  3. ^ Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star game at any time in their career.
  4. ^ http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/draft/nhl1994e.html