1985–86 Quebec Nordiques season

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1985–86 Quebec Nordiques
Adams Division champions
Division 1st Adams
Conference 3rd Wales
1985–86 record 43-31-6
Home record 23–13–4
Road record 20–18–2
Goals for 330
Goals against 289
Team information
General Manager Maurice Filion
Coach Michel Bergeron
Captain Mario Marois (Oct-Nov)
Peter Stastny (Nov-Apr)
Arena Colisée Pepsi
Team leaders
Goals Michel Goulet (53)
Assists Peter Stastny (81)
Points Peter Stastny (122)
Penalties in minutes Dale Hunter (265)
Plus/minus David Shaw (+14)
Wins Clint Malarchuk (26)
Goals against average Clint Malarchuk (3.21)

Offseason[edit]

The Nordiques had a pretty quiet off-season, with the only trade during the summer was acquiring John Anderson from the Toronto Maple Leafs for Brad Maxwell. Anderson was second in Leafs scoring with 32 goals and 63 points in 1984–85. Quebec also made a trade late in the pre-season, as the Nordiques acquired Gilbert Delorme from the St. Louis Blues for Bruce Bell. Delorme, a stay-at-home defenseman, had two goals and 14 points in 74 games with the Blues.

The Nordiques signed free agent Tony Currie from the Edmonton Oilers, while they lost Blake Wesley, who signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Regular season[edit]

The Nordiques started the season with a seven-game winning streak, however, the club fell into a slump, and had a 3-10-1 record in their next fourteen games to fall to 10-10-1. Quebec returned to their winning ways, going unbeaten in their next eight games, and found themselves battling with the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Adams Division. The Nordiques fell into another slump, losing five of their next six games, however, the team then won seven in a row to improve to 25-15-2, and had a narrow two point lead over the Canadiens for first in the division. The Nordiques and Canadiens would continue to battle for the division title for the remainder of the season, and it was the Nordiques, who finished the year 43-31-6, earning 92 points, who came out of top to win the Adams Division for the first time in team history.

Offensively, Quebec was led by Peter Stastny, who led the club with 122 points, as he scored 41 goals and added 81 assists, to finish sixth in NHL scoring. Stastny also became the Nordiques captain in November, when the club traded away former captain Mario Marois to the Winnipeg Jets. Michel Goulet had his fourth consecutive 50+ goal season, as he finished in fifth in the league with 53 goals. Goulet added 51 assists to earn 104 points, breaking the 100 point barrier for the third time in four seasons. Anton Stastny had a solid season, scoring 31 goals and 74 points, while Dale Hunter earned 28 goals and 70 points, along with a club high 265 penalty minutes.

On defense, the Nordiques were led by Robert Picard, who earned 34 points in 48 games with Quebec after being acquired in the Mario Marois trade. Twenty-one-year-old David Shaw, in his first full NHL season, had seven goals and 26 points.

In goal, Clint Malarchuk emerged as the starter, as he won 26 games, a 3.21 GAA, and four shutouts, all team highs, in his first full NHL season.

Final standings[edit]

Adams Division
Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Quebec Nordiques 80 43 31 6 330 289 92
Montreal Canadiens 80 40 33 7 330 280 87
Boston Bruins 80 37 31 12 311 288 86
Hartford Whalers 80 40 36 4 332 302 84
Buffalo Sabres 80 37 37 6 296 291 80

[1]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.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record Attendance
1 W October 10, 1985 6–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 1–0–0 14,635
2 W October 12, 1985 4–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 2–0–0 15,270
3 W October 13, 1985 5–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 3–0–0 14,374
4 W October 15, 1985 4–1 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 4–0–0 12,666
5 W October 17, 1985 2–1 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 5–0–0 17,126
6 W October 19, 1985 4–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 6–0–0 14,050
7 W October 21, 1985 3–2 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 7–0–0 16,855
8 L October 24, 1985 5–6 @ New York Islanders (1985–86) 7–1–0 15,211
9 T October 26, 1985 4–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 7–1–1 11,748
10 W October 29, 1985 6–4 Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 8–1–1 15,370
11 L October 30, 1985 4–6 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 8–2–1 11,014
12 L November 2, 1985 3–5 Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 8–3–1 14,678
13 W November 5, 1985 7–5 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 9–3–1 14,835
14 L November 9, 1985 3–4 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 9–4–1 14,552
15 L November 13, 1985 4–6 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 9–5–1 16,797
16 L November 14, 1985 3–5 @ St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 9–6–1 10,161
17 W November 16, 1985 3–1 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 10–6–1 14,286
18 L November 19, 1985 4–5 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 10–7–1 15,357
19 L November 22, 1985 5–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 10–8–1 16,433
20 L November 23, 1985 0–3 @ Washington Capitals (1985–86) 10–9–1 16,740
21 L November 26, 1985 1–3 Calgary Flames (1985–86) 10–10–1 15,015
22 W November 28, 1985 3–0 @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 11–10–1 14,451
23 W November 30, 1985 2–0 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 12–10–1 15,352
24 W December 4, 1985 5–4 Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 13–10–1 13,644
25 W December 6, 1985 7–3 New York Islanders (1985–86) 14–10–1 13,939
26 W December 7, 1985 4–1 @ New York Islanders (1985–86) 15–10–1 15,960
27 W December 10, 1985 7–3 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 16–10–1 13,792
28 T December 12, 1985 1–1 OT @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 16–10–2 11,673
29 W December 14, 1985 9–3 New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 17–10–2 13,738
30 L December 15, 1985 2–6 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 17–11–2 12,186
31 L December 18, 1985 2–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 17–12–2 18,050
32 W December 19, 1985 5–4 OT Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 18–12–2 15,341
33 L December 22, 1985 5–7 Washington Capitals (1985–86) 18–13–2 15,044
34 L December 26, 1985 3–4 @ Washington Capitals (1985–86) 18–14–2 15,245
35 L December 28, 1985 4–5 Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 18–15–2 14,232
36 W December 31, 1985 5–1 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 19–15–2 13,644
37 W January 2, 1986 3–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 20–15–2 11,664
38 W January 4, 1986 7–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 21–15–2 17,849
39 W January 5, 1986 5–4 @ New York Rangers (1985–86) 22–15–2 17,416
40 W January 7, 1986 7–4 St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 23–15–2 14,039
41 W January 10, 1986 5–3 Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 24–15–2 15,358
42 W January 11, 1986 5–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 25–15–2 16,382
43 L January 14, 1986 4–5 Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 25–16–2 13,848
44 L January 17, 1986 6–11 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 25–17–2 12,486
45 L January 18, 1986 2–5 Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 25–18–2 15,012
46 W January 20, 1986 3–2 OT Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 26–18–2 15,346
47 W January 23, 1986 4–0 @ New York Rangers (1985–86) 27–18–2 17,412
48 W January 25, 1986 4–3 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 28–18–2 15,351
49 T January 27, 1986 6–6 OT New York Rangers (1985–86) 28–18–3 14,308
50 L January 29, 1986 3–5 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 28–19–3 17,983
51 T February 1, 1986 2–2 OT Philadelphia Flyers (1985–86) 28–19–4 15,362
52 L February 2, 1986 3–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 28–20–4 16,433
53 W February 5, 1986 3–2 Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 29–20–4 15,373
54 W February 8, 1986 8–5 Chicago Black Hawks (1985–86) 30–20–4 15,351
55 W February 9, 1986 4–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 31–20–4 13,178
56 W February 12, 1986 5–2 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 32–20–4 8,811
57 L February 14, 1986 2–8 @ Edmonton Oilers (1985–86) 32–21–4 17,498
58 W February 16, 1986 6–3 @ Calgary Flames (1985–86) 33–21–4 16,764
59 L February 18, 1986 4–5 Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 33–22–4 15,352
60 L February 20, 1986 3–4 OT @ New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 33–23–4 9,406
61 L February 21, 1986 2–5 @ Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 33–24–4 12,171
62 L February 23, 1986 2–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1985–86) 33–25–4 14,354
63 L February 25, 1986 4–7 Boston Bruins (1985–86) 33–26–4 15,358
64 W February 28, 1986 6–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 34–26–4 16,433
65 L March 1, 1986 4–8 Buffalo Sabres (1985–86) 34–27–4 15,371
66 L March 4, 1986 3–6 St. Louis Blues (1985–86) 34–28–4 15,064
67 W March 6, 1986 5–4 OT @ Boston Bruins (1985–86) 35–28–4 13,045
68 W March 8, 1986 6–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1985–86) 36–28–4 13,616
69 T March 11, 1986 1–1 OT Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 36–28–5 15,065
70 W March 14, 1986 6–2 Calgary Flames (1985–86) 37–28–5 15,142
71 W March 15, 1986 3–2 Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 38–28–5 15,357
72 W March 17, 1986 8–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1985–86) 39–28–5 18,092
73 W March 19, 1986 5–2 Toronto Maple Leafs (1985–86) 40–28–5 15,139
74 L March 22, 1986 4–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1985–86) 40–29–5 15,368
75 W March 24, 1986 1–0 @ Minnesota North Stars (1985–86) 41–29–5 15,953
76 L March 26, 1986 6–7 @ Vancouver Canucks (1985–86) 41–30–5 8,458
77 W March 29, 1986 5–3 @ Los Angeles Kings (1985–86) 42–30–5 10,984
78 W April 1, 1986 4–0 Detroit Red Wings (1985–86) 43–30–5 15,133
79 L April 2, 1986 5–6 @ New Jersey Devils (1985–86) 43–31–5 7,813
80 T April 5, 1986 2–2 OT Boston Bruins (1985–86) 43–31–6 15,399

Playoffs[edit]

The Nordiques opened the 1986 Stanley Cup playoffs with a best of five Adams Division quarter-final series against the Hartford Whalers. Despite finishing the season with a 40-36-4 record, earning 84 points, the Whalers finished in fourth place in the Adams Division. The series opened with two games at Le Colisée, however, the Whalers stunned the Nordiques with a 3-2 overtime victory to win the first game. Hartford then took a 2-0 series lead, as they easily defeated the favoured Nordiques 4-1 in the second game. The series moved to the Hartford Civic Center for the third game. The Whalers continued to dominate in the third game, destroying Quebec 9-4, to sweep the first place Nordiques out of the post-season.

Hartford Whalers 3, Quebec Nordiques 0[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Attendance
1 April 9 Hartford Whalers 3–2 Quebec Nordiques 0-1 14,504
2 April 10 Hartford Whalers 4–1 Quebec Nordiques 0-2 14,562
3 April 12 Quebec Nordiques 4–9 Hartford Whalers 0-3 15,126

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Stastny, PeterPeter Stastny C 76 41 81 122 60 2 15 0 8
Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet LW 75 53 51 104 64 6 28 0 3
Stastny, AntonAnton Stastny LW 74 31 43 74 19 8 8 0 4
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 80 28 42 70 265 6 7 0 4
Ashton, BrentBrent Ashton LW 77 26 32 58 64 7 5 2 5
Sauve, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Sauve C 75 16 40 56 20 -13 13 0 1
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson RW 65 21 28 49 26 -1 8 3 5
Gillis, PaulPaul Gillis C 80 19 24 43 203 -2 0 2 2
Cote, AlainAlain Cote LW 78 13 21 34 29 -3 0 3 2
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 48 7 27 34 36 -2 1 1 0
Shaw, DavidDavid Shaw D 73 7 19 26 78 14 2 0 2
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 73 11 12 23 49 3 1 0 1
Moller, RandyRandy Moller D 69 5 18 23 141 9 0 0 1
Kumpel, MarkMark Kumpel RW 47 10 12 22 17 10 0 0 3
Delorme, GilbertGilbert Delorme D 64 2 18 20 51 -1 1 0 0
Paiement, WilfWilf Paiement RW 44 7 12 19 145 0 2 0 0
Patrick, SteveSteve Patrick RW 27 4 13 17 17 1 1 0 0
Price, PatPat Price D 54 3 13 16 82 0 0 0 0
Marois, MarioMario Marois D 20 1 12 13 42 -10 1 0 1
Babych, WayneWayne Babych RW 15 6 5 11 18 0 1 0 0
Rochefort, NormandNormand Rochefort D 26 5 4 9 30 9 2 0 0
Andersson, PeterPeter Andersson D 12 1 8 9 4 8 1 0 0
Malone, GregGreg Malone C 27 3 5 8 18 -3 0 0 0
Siltanen, RistoRisto Siltanen D 13 2 5 7 6 -1 2 0 0
Poudrier, DanielDaniel Poudrier D 13 1 5 6 10 2 0 0 1
Brown, JeffJeff Brown D 8 3 2 5 6 5 0 0 0
Donnelly, GordGord Donnelly D 36 2 2 4 85 0 0 0 0
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin G 31 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
Mann, JimmyJimmy Mann RW 35 0 3 3 148 -2 0 0 0
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk G 46 0 2 2 21 0 0 0 0
Gaulin, Jean-MarcJean-Marc Gaulin RW 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Stienburg, TrevorTrevor Stienburg RW 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Finn, StevenSteven Finn D 17 0 1 1 28 0 0 0 0
Julien, ClaudeClaude Julien D 13 0 1 1 25 2 0 0 0
Latta, DavidDavid Latta LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lemieux, AlainAlain Lemieux C 7 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny G 11 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk 2657 46 26 12 4 142 3.21 4 1358 1216 .895
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin 1726 31 14 14 1 111 3.86 2 796 685 .861
Sevigny, RichardRichard Sevigny 468 11 3 5 1 33 4.23 0 242 209 .864
Team: 4851 80 43 31 6 286 3.54 6 2396 2110 .881
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Ashton, BrentBrent Ashton LW 3 2 1 3 9 -1 0 1 0
Goulet, MichelMichel Goulet LW 3 1 2 3 10 -2 1 0 0
Lemieux, AlainAlain Lemieux C 1 1 2 3 0 -1 1 0 0
Stastny, AntonAnton Stastny LW 3 1 1 2 0 -5 0 0 0
Gillis, PaulPaul Gillis C 3 0 2 2 14 0 0 0 0
Picard, RobertRobert Picard D 3 0 2 2 2 -4 0 0 0
Cote, AlainAlain Cote LW 3 1 0 1 0 -2 0 0 0
Kumpel, MarkMark Kumpel RW 2 1 0 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Andersson, PeterPeter Andersson D 2 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Price, PatPat Price D 3 0 1 1 4 0 0 0 0
Siltanen, RistoRisto Siltanen D 3 0 1 1 2 -3 0 0 0
Stastny, PeterPeter Stastny C 3 0 1 1 2 -5 0 0 0
Brown, JeffJeff Brown D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Delorme, GilbertGilbert Delorme D 2 0 0 0 5 -2 0 0 0
Donnelly, GordGord Donnelly D 1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Eagles, MikeMike Eagles C/LW 3 0 0 0 2 -1 0 0 0
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Hunter, DaleDale Hunter C 3 0 0 0 15 -1 0 0 0
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk G 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Malone, GregGreg Malone C 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Mann, JimmyJimmy Mann RW 2 0 0 0 19 0 0 0 0
Moller, RandyRandy Moller D 3 0 0 0 26 -1 0 0 0
Patrick, SteveSteve Patrick RW 3 0 0 0 6 -1 0 0 0
Sauve, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Sauve C 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Stienburg, TrevorTrevor Stienburg RW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Gosselin, MarioMario Gosselin 40 1 0 1 5 7.50 0 22 17 .773
Malarchuk, ClintClint Malarchuk 143 3 0 2 11 4.62 0 81 70 .864
Team: 183 3 0 3 16 5.25 0 103 87 .845

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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;

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Nordiques were involved in the following transactions during the 1985–86 season.

Trades[edit]

August 21, 1985 To Toronto Maple Leafs
Brad Maxwell
To Quebec Nordiques
John Anderson
October 2, 1985 To St. Louis Blues
Bruce Bell
To Quebec Nordiques
Gilbert Delorme
October 14, 1985 To Winnipeg Jets
Dan Bouchard
To Quebec Nordiques
7th round pick in 1986Mark Vermette
Cash
October 20, 1985 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Future Considerations
To Quebec Nordiques
Wayne Babych
November 15, 1985 To Minnesota North Stars
Ed Lee
To Quebec Nordiques
6th round pick in 1986Scott White
November 27, 1985 To Winnipeg Jets
Mario Marois
To Quebec Nordiques
Robert Picard
January 16, 1986 To Calgary Flames
Tom Thornbury
To Quebec Nordiques
Tony Stiles
January 17, 1986 To Hartford Whalers
Wayne Babych
To Quebec Nordiques
Greg Malone
February 6, 1986 To New York Rangers
Wilf Paiement
To Quebec Nordiques
Steve Patrick
March 8, 1986 To Hartford Whalers
John Anderson
To Quebec Nordiques
Risto Siltanen
March 10, 1986 To Washington Capitals
Peter Andersson
To Quebec Nordiques
3rd round pick in 1986Shawn Simpson
June 21, 1986 To Philadelphia Flyers
2nd round pick in 1987Jeff Harding
To Quebec Nordiques
2nd round pick in 1986Stephane Guerard

Free agents[edit]

Player Former Team
Tony Currie Edmonton Oilers
Player New Team
Blake Wesley Toronto Maple Leafs

Roster[edit]

1985-86 Quebec Nordiques
Goaltenders

Defensemen

Wingers

Centres

Draft picks[edit]

Quebec's draft picks from the 1985 NHL Entry Draft which was held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 15 David Latta  Canada Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
2 36 Jason Lafreniere  Canada Hamilton Steelhawks (OHL)
3 57 Max Middendorf  United States Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
4 65 Peter Massey  United States New Hampton School (USHS)
4 78 David Espe  United States White Bear Lake High School (USHS)
5 99 Bruce Major  Canada Richmond Sockeyes (BCJHL)
6 120 Andy Akervik  United States Eau Claire Memorial High School (USHS)
7 141 Mike Oliverio  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
8 162 Mario Brunetta  Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
9 183 Brit Peer  Canada Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
10 204 Tom Sasso  United States Babson College (NCAA)
11 225 Gary Murphy  United States Arlington Catholic High School (USHS)
12 246 Jean Bois  Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  2. ^ "1985-86 Quebec Nordiques Statistics – Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 

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