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79-80QueNor
1979–80 Quebec Nordiques · NHL
Division 5th Adams
Conference 10th Prince of Wales
1979–80 record 25-44-11
Home record 17–16–7
Road record 8–28–4
Goals for 248
Goals against 313
Coach Jacques Demers
Captain Marc Tardif
Arena Le Colisee
Team leaders
Goals Real Cloutier (42)
Assists Real Cloutier (47)
Points Real Cloutier (89)
Penalties in minutes Paul Baxter (145)
Wins Michel Dion (15)
Goals against average Michel Dion (3.70)

The 1979–80 Quebec Nordiques season was the Nordiques eighth season overall, however, it marked as their expansion season in the National Hockey League. Quebec had played their previous seven seasons in the now defunct World Hockey Association. In 1978–79, their last season in the WHA, Quebec finished the year with the second best record, as they had a 41-34-5 record, earning 87 points. The Nordiques were then swept by the Winnipeg Jets in the WHA semi-finals. In the NHL, the team finished out of the playoffs.

Off-seasonEdit

During the off-season, the Nordiques, Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, and Winnipeg Jets were admitted into the NHL as expansion teams. Quebec would be placed in the Adams Division in the Wales Conference. The other teams in the Nordiques division was the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Minnesota North Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs. Quebec held on to head coach Jacques Demers.

As many of the WHA players had their rights held by NHL teams, those NHL teams were allowed to reclaim their players. In order to keep the NHL from taking all the talent from the WHA-turned-NHL teams, each incoming franchise was allowed to protect up to two goaltenders and two skaters. These were designated as "priority selections" in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft. The Nordiques made a deal with the Chicago Black Hawks, in which Quebec would keep Real Cloutier in exchange for the Nordiques first round draft pick in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft.

Regular seasonEdit

Quebec played in their first ever NHL game on October 10, 1979, at Le Colisee in Quebec City, as the Nordiques lost 5-3 to the Atlanta Flames. The Nords won their first ever NHL game in their third game, defeating the Colorado Rockies 5-2 in Denver, Colorado. During the first half of the season, the Nordiques were very competitive, earning a 17-17-6 record as they held on to a playoff position, however, wins were far and few between in the second half of the year, as Quebec fell into last place, and finished the year 25-44-11, earning 61 points, and missing the post-season.

Offensively, the Nordiques were led by Real Cloutier, who in his first NHL season, had a team best 42 goals and 47 assists for 89 points. Real Cloutier scored three goals in his National League Debut.[1] Marc Tardif had a solid season, scoring 33 goals and 68 points, while the Nordiques first round draft pick, Michel Goulet, had 22 goals and 54 points to finish in third in team scoring. On the blue line, Dale Hoganson led the way, earning 40 points, while Pierre Lacroix scored 9 goals and 30 points. Paul Baxter led the club with 145 penalty minutes.

In goal, Michel Dion saw most of the action, appearing in 50 games, earning a team high 15 victories and a 3.70 GAA, as well as two shutouts.

Season standingsEdit

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PTS
Buffalo Sabres 80 47 17 16 318 201 110
Boston Bruins 80 46 21 13 310 234 105
Minnesota North Stars 80 36 28 16 311 253 88
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 35 40 5 304 327 75
Quebec Nordiques 80 25 44 11 248 313 61

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 10 Atlanta Flames 5–3 Quebec Nordiques 0–1–0 0
2 October 13 Quebec Nordiques 1–3 Montreal Canadiens 0–2–0 0
3 October 18 Quebec Nordiques 5–2 Colorado Rockies 1–2–0 2
4 October 19 Quebec Nordiques 3–6 Edmonton Oilers 1–3–0 2
5 October 21 Quebec Nordiques 3–0 Chicago Black Hawks 2–3–0 4
6 October 24 Hartford Whalers 2–2 Quebec Nordiques 2–3–1 5
7 October 27 Buffalo Sabres 3–0 Quebec Nordiques 2–4–1 5
8 October 28 Montreal Canadiens 4–5 Quebec Nordiques 3–4–1 7
9 October 31 Winnipeg Jets 5–2 Quebec Nordiques 3–5–1 7
10 November 2 Quebec Nordiques 4–4 Atlanta Flames 3–5–2 8
11 November 4 Detroit Red Wings 1–5 Quebec Nordiques 4–5–2 10
12 November 7 Philadelphia Flyers 4–3 Quebec Nordiques 4–6–2 10
13 November 10 Quebec Nordiques 4–5 New York Rangers 4–7–2 10
14 November 11 St. Louis Blues 1–4 Quebec Nordiques 5–7–2 12
15 November 14 Quebec Nordiques 2–7 Minnesota North Stars 5–8–2 12
16 November 16 Quebec Nordiques 3–2 Winnipeg Jets 6–8–2 14
17 November 18 Toronto Maple Leafs 2–4 Quebec Nordiques 7–8–2 16
18 November 20 Boston Bruins 5–3 Quebec Nordiques 7–9–2 16
19 November 22 Quebec Nordiques 4–7 Boston Bruins 7–10–2 16
20 November 24 Quebec Nordiques 4–4 Hartford Whalers 7–10–3 17
21 November 25 Washington Capitals 2–2 Quebec Nordiques 7–10–4 18
22 November 27 Quebec Nordiques 2–4 St. Louis Blues 7–11–4 18
23 November 28 Quebec Nordiques 2–7 Pittsburgh Penguins 7–12–4 18
24 December 1 Quebec Nordiques 2–7 Washington Capitals 7–13–4 18
25 December 2 Vancouver Canucks 1–3 Quebec Nordiques 8–13-4 20
26 December 4 Colorado Rockies 3–1 Quebec Nordiques 8–14–4 20
27 December 6 St. Louis Blues 2–5 Quebec Nordiques 9–14–4 22
28 December 9 Los Angeles Kings 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 10–14–4 24
29 December 12 Winnipeg Jets 0–5 Quebec Nordiques 11–14–4 26
30 December 13 Quebec Nordiques 4–6 Philadelphia Flyers 11–15–4 26
31 December 15 Quebec Nordiques 4–4 Detroit Red Wings 11–15–5 27
32 December 16 Pittsburgh Penguins 1–4 Quebec Nordiques 12–15–5 29
33 December 19 Colorado Rockies 3–6 Quebec Nordiques 13–15–5 31
34 December 23 Quebec Nordiques 3–1 Buffalo Sabres 14–15–5 33
35 December 27 Quebec Nordiques 0–3 Los Angeles Kings 14–16–5 33
36 December 29 Quebec Nordiques 2–6 Vancouver Canucks 14–17–5 33
37 December 30 Quebec Nordiques 2–1 Edmonton Oilers 15–17–5 35
38 January 2 New York Rangers 3–3 Quebec Nordiques 15–17–6 36
39 January 5 Quebec Nordiques 7–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 16–17–6 38
40 January 9 Edmonton Oilers 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 17–17–6 40
41 January 11 Quebec Nordiques 3–4 Atlanta Flames 17–18–6 40
42 January 12 Quebec Nordiques 2–8 St. Louis Blues 17–19–6 40
43 January 16 Boston Bruins 3–1 Quebec Nordiques 17–20–6 40
44 January 19 Quebec Nordiques 1–3 New York Islanders 17–21–6 40
45 January 20 Washington Capitals 2–3 Quebec Nordiques 18–21–6 42
46 January 23 Minnesota North Stars 4–6 Quebec Nordiques 19-21–6 44
47 January 26 Quebec Nordiques 1–1 Washington Capitals 19–21–7 45
48 January 27 Detroit Red Wings 7–6 Quebec Nordiques 19–22–7 45
49 January 30 Atlanta Flames 4–1 Quebec Nordiques 19–23–7 45
50 February 2 Quebec Nordiques 2–7 Boston Bruins 19–24–7 45
51 February 3 New York Rangers 4–5 Quebec Nordiques 20–24–7 47
52 February 6 Chicago Black Hawks 3–3 Quebec Nordiques 20–24–8 48
53 February 9 Quebec Nordiques 0–5 New York Islanders 20–25–8 48
54 February 10 Quebec Nordiques 1–3 New York Rangers 20–26–8 48
55 February 14 Quebec Nordiques 1–5 Montreal Canadiens 20–27–8 48
56 February 17 Quebec Nordiques 5–6 Winnipeg Jets 20–28–8 48
57 February 18 Quebec Nordiques 2–6 Minnesota North Stars 20–29–8 48
58 February 19 Buffalo Sabres 3–1 Quebec Nordiques 20–30–8 48
59 February 23 Quebec Nordiques 1–2 Pittsburgh Penguins 20–31–8 48
60 February 24 Pittsburgh Penguins 0–2 Quebec Nordiques 21–31–8 50
61 February 26 Hartford Whalers 5–9 Quebec Nordiques 22–31–8 52
62 February 27 New York Islanders 5–3 Quebec Nordiques 22–32–8 52
63 March 2 Los Angeles Kings 4–3 Quebec Nordiques 22–33–8 52
64 March 5 Minnesota North Stars 3-3 Quebec Nordiques 22–33–9 53
65 March 8 Quebec Nordiques 2–3 Toronto Maple Leafs 22–34–9 53
66 March 9 Toronto Maple Leafs 4–5 Quebec Nordiques 23–34-9 55
67 March 12 Edmonton Oilers 6–3 Quebec Nordiques 23–35–9 55
68 March 16 Vancouver Canucks 3–2 Quebec Nordiques 23–36–9 55
69 March 19 Quebec Nordiques 2–5 Chicago Black Hawks 23–37–9 55
70 March 20 Quebec Nordiques 6–2 Colorado Rockies 24–37–9 57
71 March 22 Quebec Nordiques 1-4 Los Angeles Kings 24–38-9 57
72 March 23 Quebec Nordiques 6–2 Vancouver Canucks 25–38–9 59
73 March 26 Chicago Black Hawks 7–2 Quebec Nordiques 25–39–9 59
74 March 27 Quebec Nordiques 2–5 Philadelphia Flyers 25–40–9 59
75 March 29 Quebec Nordiques 7–9 Detroit Red Wings 25–41–9 59
76 March 30 New York Islanders 9–6 Quebec Nordiques 25–42–9 59
77 April 1 Philadelphia Flyers 3–3 Quebec Nordiques 25–42–10 60
78 April 3 Quebec Nordiques 3–8 Buffalo Sabres 25–43–10 60
79 April 4 Quebec Nordiques 2–9 Hartford Whalers 25–44–10 60
80 April 6 Montreal Canadiens 4–4 Quebec Nordiques 25–44–11 61

Player statsEdit

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Real Cloutier 67 42 47 89 12
Marc Tardif 58 33 35 68 30
Michel Goulet 77 22 32 54 48
Robbie Ftorek 52 18 33 51 28
Rich Leduc 75 21 27 48 49

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Michel Dion 50 2773 15 25 6 171 2 3.70
Ron Low 15 828 5 7 2 51 0 3.70
Goran Hogosta 21 1199 5 12 3 83 1 4.15

1979 NHL Expansion DraftEdit

The Nordiques participated in the 1979 NHL Expansion Draft, which was held on June 13, 1979.

Quebec Nordiques selectionsEdit

# Player Drafted from Drafted by
1. Blair Stewart (F) Washington Capitals Quebec Nordiques
2. Terry Martin (F) Buffalo Sabres Quebec Nordiques
3. Ron Low (G) Detroit Red Wings Quebec Nordiques
4. John Smrke (LW) St. Louis Blues Quebec Nordiques
5. Jamie Masters (D) St. Louis Blues Quebec Nordiques
6. Dave Farrish (D) New York Rangers Quebec Nordiques
7. Gerry Hart (D) New York Islanders Quebec Nordiques
8. Pierre Plante (RW) New York Rangers Quebec Nordiques
9. John Baby (D) Minnesota North Stars Quebec Nordiques
10. Dave Parro (G) Boston Bruins Quebec Nordiques
11. Ken Kuzyk (RW) Minnesota North Stars Quebec Nordiques
12. Roland Cloutier (C) Detroit Red Wings Quebec Nordiques
13. Jamie Masters (D) St. Louis Blues Quebec Nordiques
14. Hartland Monahan (F) Los Angeles Kings Quebec Nordiques
15. Ron Andruff (C) Colorado Rockies Quebec Nordiques
16. Alain Cote (LW) Montreal Canadiens Quebec Nordiques
17. Lars Zetterstrom (D) Vancouver Canucks Quebec Nordiques

Draft picksEdit

Quebec's draft picks from the 1979 NHL Entry Draft which was held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, on August 9, 1979.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
120 Michel Goulet Flag of Canada.svg Canada Birmingham Bulls (WHA)
241 Dale Hunter Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sudbury Wolves (OMJHL)
362 Lee Norwood Flag of the United States United States Oshawa Generals (OMJHL)
483 Anton Stastny Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Slovan Bratislava (Czech.)
5104 Pierre Lacroix Flag of Canada.svg Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
6125 Scott McGeown Flag of Canada.svg Canada Toronto Marlboros (OMJHL)

ReferencesEdit

  1. Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16.



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