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80-81QueNord
1980–81 Quebec Nordiques · NHL
Division 4th Adams
Conference 6th Prince of Wales
1980–81 record 30-32-18
Home record 18–11–11
Road record 12–21–7
Goals for 314
Goals against 318
General Manager Maurice Filion
Coach Maurice Filion (1-3-2)
Michel Bergeron (29-29-16)
Captain Marc Tardif
Arena Le Colisee
Team leaders
Goals Jacques Richard (52)
Assists Peter Stastny (70)
Points Peter Stastny (109)
Penalties in minutes Dale Hunter (226)
Wins Dan Bouchard (19)
Goals against average Dan Bouchard (3.17)

The 1980–81 Quebec Nordiques season was the Nordiques second season in the National Hockey League. Quebec improved on their inaugural NHL season, making the playoffs, only to lose in the first round.

Off-seasonEdit

During the off-season, the Nordiques fired head coach Jacques Demers, and general manager Maurice Filion would begin the season as the head coach. This would mark Filion's third time behind the Nordiques bench, as he was the head coach of the club in the 1972-73 WHA season, and he served as an interim head coach at the end of the 1977-78 season. Quebec was able to sign brothers Peter Stastny and Anton Stastny, who both defected from Czechoslovakia. The brothers would have a huge impact in the league, as Peter would win the Calder Trophy awarded to the NHL's Rookie of the Year, and both Peter and Anton would set rookie records, each earning eight points in a game on February 22, 1981, leading Quebec to an 11-7 win over the Washington Capitals.

Regular seasonEdit

The Nordiques season began with a nine game road trip, and head coach Maurice Filion would replace himself with Michel Bergeron after the club had a 1-3-2 record in their opening six games. Quebec continued to struggle, and fifteen games into the season, they had a 1-9-5 record. The Nordiques would continue to struggle, and found themselves a season high fourteen games under .500 with a 11-26-12 record after 49 games. Quebec would then get red hot, posting a record of 19-6-6 in their remaining 31 games to finish the season at 30-32-18, earning 78 points, and their first ever berth into the NHL playoffs.

Offensively, the Nordiques were led by rookie Peter Stastny, who set a team record with 109 points, winning the Calder Trophy. Jacques Richard became the first Nordique to score over 50 goals in a season, as he scored 52, and registered 103 points. Anton Stastny also had a great rookie season, earning 85 points, while Robbie Ftorek and Michel Goulet had 75 and 73 points respectively. Pierre Lacroix led the Nordiques blueline, earning 39 points, while Dale Hunter had a team high 226 penalty minutes.

In goal, Dan Bouchard emerged as the number one goalie late in the season, winning a team record 19 games, while posting a team best 3.17 GAA, along with two shutouts. Michel Plasse had the most playing time, and he won 10 games with a 3.66 GAA in 33 games.

Season standingsEdit

Adams Division
  GP W L T GF GA PIM PTS
Buffalo Sabres 80 39 20 21 327 250 1194 99
Boston Bruins 80 37 30 13 316 272 1836 87
Minnesota North Stars 8035 28 17 291 263 1624 87
Quebec Nordiques 80 30 32 18 314 318 1524 78
Toronto Maple Leafs 80 28 37 15 322 367 1830 71

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game logEdit

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

PlayoffsEdit

The Nordiques opened the 1981 Stanley Cup Playoffs with a best of five preliminary round against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers finished the season with a 41-24-15 record, earning 97 points, and second place in the Patrick Division. The series opened up with two games at the Philadelphia Spectrum, and the Flyers took the series lead with two victories, winning the first game 6-4, followed by an 8-5 victory in the second game to push the Nordiques to the brink of elimination. The series moved to Quebec for the next two games, and the Nordiques responded, shutting out Philadelphia 2-0 in the third game, followed by a thrilling 4-3 overtime victory in the fourth game, to set up a fifth and deciding game in Philadelphia. Quebec was not able to complete the comeback, as Philadelphia defeated the Nordiques 5-2 in the fifth game to eliminate Quebec.

Philadelphia Flyers 3, Quebec Nordiques 2
# Date Visitor Score Home Record
1 April 8 Quebec Nordiques 4–6 Philadelphia Flyers 0-1
2 April 9 Quebec Nordiques 5–8 Philadelphia Flyers 0-2
3 April 11 Philadelphia Flyers 0–2 Quebec Nordiques 1-2
4 April 12 Philadelphia Flyers 3–4 Quebec Nordiques 2-2
5 April 14 Quebec Nordiques 2–5 Philadelphia Flyers 2-3

Season statsEdit

Jacques Richard80-81

Jacques Richard

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Peter Stastny 77 39 70 109 37
Jacques Richard 78 52 51 103 39
Anton Stastny 80 39 46 85 12
Robbie Ftorek 78 24 49 73 104
Michel Goulet 76 32 39 71 45

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L T GA SO GAA
Dan Bouchard 29 1740 19 5 5 92 2 3.17
Michel Plasse 33 1933 10 14 9 118 0 3.66
Michel Dion 12 688 0 8 3 61 0 5.32
Ron Grahame 8 439 1 5 1 40 0 5.47

Playoff statsEdit

Peterstasny

Peter Stastny

Scoring leadersEdit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Peter Stastny 5 2 8 10 7
Anton Stastny 5 4 3 7 2
Michel Goulet 4 3 4 7 7
Dale Hunter 5 4 2 6 34
Jacques Richard 5 2 4 6 14

GoaltendingEdit

Player GP TOI W L GA SO GAA
Dan Bouchard 5 286 2 3 19 1 3.99
Michel Plasse 1 15 0 0 1 0 4.00

Draft picksEdit

Quebec's draft picks from the 1980 NHL Entry Draft which was held at the Montreal Forum in Montreal, Quebec.

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
224 Normand Rochefort Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
466 Jay Miller Flag of the United States United States University of New Hampshire (NCAA)
587 Basil McRae Flag of Canada.svg Canada London Knights (OMJHL)
6108 Mark Kumpel Flag of the United States United States University of Lowell (NCAA)
7129 Gaston Therrien Flag of Canada.svg Canada Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)
8150 Michel Bolduc Flag of Canada.svg Canada Chicoutimi Saguenéens (QMJHL)
9171 Christian Tanguay Flag of Canada.svg Canada Trois-Rivières Draveurs (QMJHL)
10192 Bill Robinson Flag of the United States United States Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (USHS)

ReferencesEdit



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