Maine Nordiques

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Maine Nordiques
City Lewiston, Maine
League NAHL
Operated 1973-1977
Home arena Central Maine Youth Center
Colors Red, White and Blue
Owner(s) William Rocheleau, Jr. et al.

The Maine Nordiques were a professional ice hockey team that operated within the North American Hockey League from 1973 to 1977. They were based at the Central Maine Youth Center in Lewiston, Maine. The Nordiques served as a farm club for the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association.[1]


The team played for four seasons at Central Maine Youth Center, which had a seating capacity of just 2,800 fans.[2]

The Nordiques were the Quebec Nordiques' top farm club, and were the only professional sports franchise in the state of Maine during the mid-1970s.[2]

The club’s all-time leading scorer was Paul Larose, who achieved 179 goals and 248 assists for the team between 1973 and 1977. Larose and Alan Globensky were the only two players to appear in all four seasons. Future National Hockey League players included goaltender Richard Brodeur and defenseman Paul Baxter.[2]

Financial backers of the team included former Lewiston Mayor Bill Rocheleau, who led a group of local businesspeople who backed the Nordiques. Rocheleau also served as league President during the NAHL’s final season in the winter of 1976-1977.[2]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season League Games Won Lost Tied Points Winning % Goals
1973–74 NAHL 74 45 26 3 93 0.628 398 309 Lost in round 1
1974–75 NAHL 74 27 46 1 55 0.372 266 394 Out of Playoffs
1975–76 NAHL 74 18 55 1 37 0.250 295 450 Lost in round 1
1976–77 NAHL 74 40 29 5 85 0.574 311 284 Lost in Finals

Head Coaches[edit]


  1. ^ "Maine Nordiques Statistics and History". Retrieved December 2014.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d Cross, Andy (March 21, 2013). "1973-1977 Maine Nordiques". Fun While it Lasted.